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?

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