Cross-training: A lot of walking!
Outlook: Well, it happened. I would call it a full on injury, but my minor training aches and pains turned into shooting pains that have been making it difficult to walk, and are even keeping me from sleeping at night. The main culprits are both knees, and my left foot.
It's my own damn fault too. As i was having a total breakdown during my long run, and cutting it short due to pain, my training leader asked me if i was foam rolling enough. To which i responded, "I haven't touched the foam roller since November." Couple that with absolutely no post run stretching (It's too cold!) and attempting long runs in shoes that are probably not supportive enough, (especially for all the ice chunks!) and you've got one hot mess. Needless to say, this week my focus in on learning proper recovery - I have been a bonehead for far too long. This week is about stretching, foam-rolling, foot massaging, and eating of nutritious, protein filled post-run snacks. It was arrogant of me to think that my body would run a marathon with me treating it like crap. My mangled, tender foot and grapefruit knees have humbled me.
Seeing as how all my running this weekend was shut down, i got to spend the weekend at home, in a pain-killer induced haze doing my favorite activity besides running. Cooking! Matt bought a giant bag of arugula that is too much for two people to ever eat, so our mission was to have it for every single meal. Some of my favorites:
Thats right, i learned to poach an egg. and it was delicious. And waffles ate like a queen on all the eggs i messed up. She had herself a little doggy benedict!
Do you ever make training mistakes despite KNOWING it's a mistake? I am a serial non-stretcher....it just really catches up to me in the cold winter days.