Happy Monday, all! So, I'm sure you can tell by the title of this post that I am not too pleased with how my workouts went this past week. Tuesday night, I set out to run two easy miles. That's it. Two miles is what was on my schedule. Simple, right? Well, I got on the treadmill and a 1/2 a mile in, I felt some discomfort in my groin (ugh, I hate that word!). I stopped to stretch and started running again. I barely took five steps and had to stop. This time, I felt pain instead of just some discomfort. When I started running about five years ago, I had a terribly painful groin injury. My pain now is nothing like then, but I was worried it would get to that point. So, I stopped my run because I'm really trying to listen to my body and not push myself and get injured again.
I took Wednesday as a rest day and stretched. Thursday, I felt no discomfort, so I decided I'd be able to go for a short, easy run. I met up with a friend to try out a new running group and I was hopeful I'd have a great run since I felt fine all day. Nope. About two minutes in, I had to stop my run and I ended up walking the 2.5 miles. I was extremely disappointed and frustrated. I'm halfway through my half marathon training and just when I feel like I'm making progress, I get knocked back some. It's very frustrating!
I ended up taking Friday and Saturday as rest days. I had plans to meet friends to go trail running yesterday morning, but I opted to run on my treadmill instead. I was worried the uneven terrain would irritate my injury. I ran five miles on the treadmill and, for the most part, felt great. I had a little tightness, so I made sure to stretch a lot after my run. I actually stopped a couple times during my run to stretch.
It's a new week and I will try not to get discouraged. I have a two-miler planned for tomorrow night and Wednesday, I am going swimming (!). Thursday is my running group, and I am not sure what distance I'll run. I have a four mile race coming up Sunday, so I'm not sure what I'll do about Saturday. I have an "easy run" of four miles scheduled for my long weekend run, so maybe I'll go for a long walk or get out for a bike ride (weather permitting).
Have a great week!
How do you handle the ups and downs of your training?
Labels: running, training