After yesterday's race (Air Force Half), I'm left pondering which direction to go. As we travel home, I stare out the window dreaming of a run, but know in my mind how wrong that would be. The ongoing clash of my heart vs head.
Without getting into too much detail (race recap to come), the 13.1 race was rather painful in the back miles. Not only does my poor little toe throb, but now my whole foot hurts from overcompensating with an altered stride. Of course this resulted in a disappointing time for me. It's hard to enjoy a run and succeed with a nagging injury. It was a blow to my race confidence, not a feeling I'm accustom with.
With the Quad Cities Half on deck next weekend, I sit wondering what to do. Of course I WANT to run. Shoot, my heart wants to go run right now, despite sore muscles and a bum foot. But the question is... should I? With a larger goal on the horizon (Route 66 Marathon in Nov), my head is telling me to revise my calendar and truly give my foot time to heal. I think it may be time to respect this little injury before I make it worse. This means minimal running (if any) and vamping up the cross training that doesn't stress the foot, namely swimming, cycling and spinning. This neither excites me, nor makes me happy.
What would you do? Run thru the pain (just one more race...) Or put yourself on the DL??