I'm supposed to have a really quick post today to say go over to How I Complicated My Life Today for my first 20 mile recap...but you won't find a recap. Why? Because I didn't run 20 miles this weekend. In fact, I didn't run at all and took an unexpected rest day. While I was completely pissy and pouty about this on Saturday, I'm fine with it now and moving on with the week.
Last week's 18 miles was great. I felt great during it and felt great afterwards. Monday came and I still felt great and did my normal strength training for my cross-train day. Tuesday came and my run felt slow but I didn't think much about it, still felt pretty much OK. Wednesday is when it started going downhill as I mentioned in Thursday's post. Thursday's run was better but still slow. Friday is when things really started to go downhill but I'm pretty sure it all relates back to the 18 miles and probably being more worn out from it than I realized, it just took awhile for it to set in.
Friday is my rest day and after work, I headed over to the animal shelter as I often do to walk a few dogs. After the first couple, I took out a young, large, extremely energetic dog who proceeded to bite and attack my legs and ankles like crazy. It was all in play but it freaking hurt and I had a terrible time getting him to stop. It wasn't just nipping at my feet, it was full mouth around my leg and just kept flipping from one to the other. I finally got him settled down enough to get him to pull me into one of the dogs runs where I played fetch with him to drain some of his energy. He took another round on my legs and ankles before I finished his walk. The next dog was full of energy too and a jumper but I can handle that better than the ankle biting. I'm still certainly glad I took the dogs out for the day because it just shows how much energy they needed to get out from being cooped up in the kennels but man, these two wore me out. After them, I took out a small cocker spaniel to redeem myself and then called it a day!
On Saturday morning, I set out for a 5 mile run and could feel some slight pain in my left achilles and some shin pain on my right leg. This is what I had last Wednesday too so I knew something was up. Add the fact that my legs were just really sore from all the bruises from the dogs and it wasn't really a stellar run. I didn't think doing 20 the next day was a good idea. The pain I'm experiencing is mild but I know from the past that these are the types of things that are only going to get worse if I continue to push it. I had some achilles pain after my 2nd half marathon but it went away with rest and the shin pain just feels like shin splints which I've certainly had before and those only go away with rest too.
I may have had a bit of an emotional breakdown on Saturday...my husband will say that is an understatement. But, I had my little fit and accepted it by that night.
I skipped the 20 miler. I know I shouldn't be skipping the long runs but by the time I realized the issue, that's where I was. I'm hoping the extra rest and an easy week with some extra rest will get me back on track. It sucks that I've gone this far without issues but I'm not going to freak out about this, there is still time to get everything working the way it should. I'll just do one 20 miler instead of 2 in preparation for the big day! Probably serves me right for picking an intermediate program with two 20 milers scheduled anyway!
Now, hopefully these bruises go away soon.
I was tagged by elizabethlacy at canyon cairns for the Cherry on Top award. I've seen this floating around a lot of blogs. Here goes:
1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?
From time to time I'll say I wish I would've (fill in the blank). However, in reality, I know I wouldn't be where I am today if I would have changed anything in my past. I probably would not have had that first post college job, wouldn't have met my now husband, etc., so I'll say nope, wouldn't change anything. Everything happened for a reason.
2. Secondly, pick 6 people and give them this award. Make sure to inform the person that they have gotten this award!
I feel weird picking people for things like this so I'll be a party pooper and not tag anyone. If I comment on your blog from time to time, it means I like it! Haha!
3. Be sure to thank the person who gave you the award.
But, even though I'm not tagging anyone, I will say thanks for passing this on to me!