This morning, I went for my usual treadmill run (a good thing freezing rain and nasty road conditions out there). Due to the quad issues I am having, I was happy that it was an easy 5.0 that I had scheduled and planned stop at that point.
Yes I am trying that running smarter and listen to my body more idea :-). I want to actually be able to train and run the Marine Corps Marathon, not just watch it!
When I started my quad tightness/strain was still there a little and about 4.3 miles into the run, I could feel it starting to tighten up. When it didn’t feel any better, I shut it down at 4.5 miles instead of the 5.0. Could I have made the .5 mile – no problem, but why? It is only a number.
I don’t really want to take any chances with this little issue and will not do my long run tomorrow. If anything I will only do another treadmill run until it starts to tighten up again or stop at 6.0 miles no matter what. There is no sense in trying to push through this minor injury and take the chance that it becomes a major thing.
I did a light leg workout, foam rolled and stretched after that, but the stretching seemed to aggravate the quad a little more, so I will not stretch that muscle group for a few days.
The hardest thing about the workout was the pace – over 9:00 minute miles, it just felt way too slow, but at the same time if I had gone faster, I have a feeling that my leg wouldn’t have held up nearly as long as it did. Running slow is harder for me than I thought it would be, but I think that it might be a part of the solution to some of my running problems with injuries.
Hopefully it will allow my body enough rest between my quality runs to not break down as quickly.
We will see on this one, but I have a feeling that getting down to the 9:30 to 10:00 minute pace recommended – well won’t happen, unless I am running trails or up lots of hills (which defeats the purpose of an easy run).