“There’s a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you’ll never see the end of the road
While you’re traveling with me
Hey now, hey now, don’t dream it’s over.”
Less than a week until Rock n’ Roll Arizona.
Meanwhile I am sitting here hoping that this nagging pain in my glute/hip/ lower back isn’t what WebMD tells me it is…Sciatica (not that I believe everything I think I have on WebMD…ok, I do). Whatever this is hurts me when I sit, hurts me when I stand, and hurts me when I lay down, and hasn’t improved over the last week.
So, for anyone keeping score: signing up for a half marathon 8 weeks in advance immediately following two subsequent other half marathons + not following a training plan + subfreezing temperatures + too much holiday fun and food+ getting a cold + weird back muscle/nerve issue = what not to do.
Coach Aaron has ordered me to limit exercise to shorter easier runs to make sure whatever is going on doesn’t get worse (where was he a couple of years ago when I would have died to be ordered to exercise less?). I’m not supposed to be wearing high heels (which in all honesty won’t happen because I don’t own shoes that aren’t high heels). I’ve been doing lots of “pigeon” stretches, rolling out with the massage stick, soaking in warm water, and applying heat to the area.
I did buy new running shoes (Asics Gel 2160) because I think my Mizuno Wave Inspire 7’s were breaking down which is possibly the root of the problem. We also bought a new mattress on Saturday because ours was old and sad and probably not helping the lower back pain either. (We had a Groupon that expired next week, so we were planning on buying a new mattress anyway). And then I did some low impact mattress jumping for my work-out.
So, I’m officially going to stop worrying about the race right now. Arizona is going to be a nice warm place with palm trees. I will eat In and Out Burger. I will go swimming in the pool. I will see college friends. I will rock out at the B-52’s Post-Race concert. And I will shop my little heart out at Ikea and H+M.
And I will finish the race. I don’t think I’ll do too terribly, I just know that I won’t meet my goal, and I won’t improve my time by 5 minutes like I wanted to. But that’s ok. There will be other races and other chances to train. I’m obviously frustrated that I didn’t try harder over the last 7 weeks. But too late to worry about that now. I’m not necessarily giving up (and I’ve promised myself a nice present if I manage to beat my San Francisco time and a VERY nice present if I PR) but I am going to chill out. After all, I did manage to ace some college exams with minimal studying, so there is still hope!
Not every race can be my best. I can’t always reach a PR. All I can do is go in and enjoy running through the desert and be grateful that I have the physical ability to do so. #firstworldproblems.
This week I will eat well, I will stay hydrated, and I will get plenty of sleep. I will stretch, I will not push myself, and I will mentally prepare for running 13.1 miles. And I will watch The Today Show because they are celebrating their 60th Anniversary this week! Matt and Katie will always be my favorites.
And then next week I can start working toward another goal.
In other news: Happy 30th Birthday to my girl, Kate!