Tuesday: 3 miles with the BOB plus 1 with Natalie
Wednesday: 6 miles plus 1.72 with Natalie
Thursday: 4 miles with the BOB (should have been 35 tempo but I wasn't feeling it so I ran 4 miles "easy")
Sunday: 10.03 miles in 3 separate runs (13 scheduled)
Total for the week: 25.75
The "long run" Sunday was split into shorter distances. The first run was 1.5 miles and I stopped due to pain my back. Later in the day I decided to give it another shot and run with my daughter as long as my back and her legs would allow - we made it 3.5 miles before she pooped out (a distance record for her). Then after dinner I decided I wanted to try a few more miles so I set out to run what I could - ended up with a 5 miler. Not the 13 I had scheduled but I will take it given the injury.
This injury has really affected me mentally. I am trying to push past it, but its a struggle. All I have wanted to do since it happened is eat. I know its the past "fat girl" pushing her way back in. In the past I have always used food as a coping mechanism. I am trying hard to push her out of my head, but I have to admit I haven't done well so far. So in addition to coping with the injury I may gain 10-15 pounds! :(
I try to keep reminding myself that my time doesn't really matter in December, but the truth is I do have a time goal in mind and I really hope to hit it. I worry if my training is derailed too far I won't be able to meet my time goal. On the other hand, I do have faith that I could finish the 26.2 miles. It may be me being cocky, but I would like to think that I could complete 26.2 miles tomorrow if I had to - it would just involve more walking than I desire. So, I just keep saying, "You are completing 26.2 miles for those who can't...." and your time doesn't matter.
As far as how I am dealing physically, I have muscle relaxers and vicodin but I haven't been taking them much. I can mostly stand up straight. When I am fatigued, though, I still lean a bit to one side. I am wearing an ace bandage around my rib cage supporting the lat muscle as best as possible. It seems to help so I will keep doing that until I feel better. I am also using the heating pad quite frequently.
I am still debating my plans for this week, per the schedule I should have 3 runs during the week: 3, 7, and 4 milers. Then I have two races on the schedule Saturday for a total of 10 miles. I am debating not running the scheduled runs this week to rest up for the races on Saturday (which I don't plan to race, I just want to complete without pain). However, there is a part of me that is tied to the schedule - I HATE not doing what I am supposed to. Only time will tell I suppose...
Any exciting racing going on this weekend? Any tips on getting this muscle healed quicker??