Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fish Out of Water

Last weekend I made a mistake. My groin strain was feeling better. I was giddy with excitement on Saturday and I ran six miles. I was still feeling pretty good after my run, but there was some discomfort.

Saturday night we went to a small car show. We walked around a little bit, but not a lot. I was feeling pretty good. Sunday I started into my planned 12 mile run. After 8.90 miles I thought it was probably a good idea to call it quits. The pain was back.

I really wish I would have held back.

The new plan is to back waaaaaaaaaaay off. So, no running until there is no pain. I really want to be running, but I really want to run the Chicago Marathon. The way to get to the starting line is to get healthy.

I feel like I am prepared for Chicago. And I am confident that as long as I am healthy on October 12th, it's going to be a great race. The past few days, knowing that I can't run right now has made me very antsy. I need to cross-train to maintain my fitness. I have been feeling like a fish out of water.

So what's a fish to do? Get in the pool. Swimming with the pull buoy is the best option for me right now. The last two days have brought some questionable swimming weather. But today, I went for a swim. I was fighting darkness. I don't like to swim at night. I swam for a glorious 20 minutes. It feels so good to be active and when I am out of commission, I feel out of sorts.

I have been taking great care to be sure I am healing. I have been icing it several times a day, and taking ibuprofen as needed. I am resting. I am also going crazy.

In 24 days, I will be here:

And it's going to be AWESOME!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Catching Up

My blogging has been slipping. Work has been busy, running has been busy, twitter has been easier (follow me here). Sigh...

My training has been going well. I have missed some of my weekday runs here and there, but nothing that makes me question my ability to finish the Chicago Marathon.

I've been feeling really strong lately, like I could run forever. Until last week.

I started feeling a little strain in the groin area late last week. Just a tinge of pain, but it was no big deal. After my 10 miler on Saturday, it was a little more noticable. Yesterday, at about mile 15 it was even more a little noticable. By the time I had completed my 20 miles it was just a little more than noticable.

I'm going to take the next few days easy. With 33 days to go, I need to be extremely careful. I need to be and will be healthy at the starting line on October 12th.