Okay, so we normally do our long runs on Fridays. Well, the forcast is predicting a 90% chance of rain on Friday...and a 60% chance of rain on Thursday. So basically, the girls have decided to move our long run to TOMORROW. (We all have plans for the weekend with it being Easter, plus I have tri practice on Saturday, so the weekend is out.) Mind you that I didn't even do my 4 mile run yesterday because I still don't feel recovered from Friday's 10. On top of that, since this is our last long run before St Louis, one of the girls wants to run 12 instead of 11. I'm really starting to have reservations...
I was okay about it earlier today. I made arrangements for my oldest daughter to get picked up from the bus stop tomorrow so I can go run after work. I've had it in my mind all day that I'm running 11 miles tomorrow (we haven't made a for-sure decision yet about the 12).
Well, I went to the gym after work to do some training for my triathlon. I was going to have a light day of just 8 miles on the stationary bike, and 2 miles on the treadmill. I did my 8 miles on the bike, got over to the treadmill, and only made it through .6 mile of agony. My left calf and right hamstring are NOT feeling good at all. My knees are also not in the best shape. I quickly got off the TM and came home. I took some naproxen and I'm about to use some sports cream on my muscles....but I'm wondering if it's been enough time since my last long run to go ahead and jump into another long run.
Now, here's my dilemma: St Louis is in 12 days. The girls I'm running with are doing their final long run tomorrow, with or without me. I'm not sure I can handle a run this long by myself....so if I don't run tomorrow, I probably won't do an 11 mile run at all. And if I don't, will I truly be prepared for the half marathon having not ran further than 10 miles by race day?? What do I do? I'm afraid of pushing myself too hard and ending up injuring myself. But I'm also wondering if I'm just being a baby and psyching myself out? I'm so torn....
*EDIT* I just got off the phone with Kristen, one of my running partners. I think I'm just going to start pushing the water like crazy tonight and make sure to just stretch really well for the next few hours. I have yoga tomorrow too, so that will help. I'm going to make sure to eat really well tonight and tomorrow and make sure to take a naproxen in the morning and again right before the run. I'm also going to take some sports cream and just pray that I can make it through the 11 miles. If I can make it through, I get a 10 day break from long runs before the race. If, at any point tomorrow, I start to feel REALLY bad, like I just can't run anymore, I'll call it a day. But I feel like I have to try.
Oh, and I'm also nervous about having to get up at 4:45 the following morning to work rather than sleeping in and recovering. I will definitely have to figure out an outfit that does not involve HEELS for both Thursday and Friday. That will be tough since I pretty much only own dress shoes with heels and long dress pants intended to be worn with heels. In fact, I better go figure all of that out right now.
WISH ME LUCK!!! And if you have any advice on how to get through all of this without injury, please share!!!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009: muscle conditioning, 8 mile bike, .6 mile run <--lame :\