After my somewhat peppy and upbeat post from yesterday, I kind of made a big decision last night. I am going to take a whole month off from running—don’t worry I will still be writing about it a lot! I talked to my coach last night, and we talked about the fact that it has been almost a month and the injury hasn’t improved significantly.
Because I am your typical obsessive runner, I have continued to run a couple of times a week for the past two weeks (about 2 miles), and I think that this is definitely not helping my injury. Since I have no pain or discomfort on the elliptical, I am going to continue doing that for the next month to keep up with my cardio.
I feel a bit conflicted with my decision. I am so desperately going to miss the feeling of a good run, but I know deep down inside that I am doing the right thing for my body. I want to be in top shape for later in the spring when I get to hit the roads again. In the words of my coach:
“In short, my advice is to not run because I don’t see the benefit (to recovery or fitness – what does running 2 miles slow accomplish?). I think it’s smarter to be safe and let your body tell you when it’s ready to go. Does that help?”
Yes, it does! I think that about sums up my feeling on the issue. So here’s to a month on the elliptical while simultaneously trying not to die from boredom! Anybody have any good playlists or gossip magazines they want to send me?
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