The “inspirational” fitness memes that bug me the most are the ones based on the idea that you never regret a workout. I get it. There are many days I’ve snoozed through my workout time and then regretted that I didn’t get my workout in, but there also are times when I have found myself regretting a workout.
Monday: 30 minute full body strength workout; 60 minute Core Power Yoga 2
Tuesday: 5 mile run
Wednesday: 45 minute indoor cycling
Thursday: track workout: 400/800/1200/1600/400/400
Friday: 30 minute full body strength workout;
Sunday: 45 minute indoor cycling
So, what happened at the track? During the last lap of that 1200 the top of my right foot started hurting, rather suddenly, in a place similar to where it was fractured last summer. 🙁
I immediately regretted breaking my own rule about being wary of new running shoes. (Yes, the rule I JUST wrote about!) I was trying out the Newton Fate running shoes that I was sent to review for Criteek. I had worn them on the treadmill before with no ill effects, and thought that their light weight and “action/reaction” technology would be perfect for a track workout.
Aren’t they pretty?
Since I don’t even know what’s going on with my foot, I really can’t blame the shoes, but they are the leading suspect in this tale of woe.
Now, here’s where I got really stupid, and why I might use this post for my March Runfessions on Friday.
Instead of stopping when I acknowledged that my foot hurt, I went to the car to switch my shoes to my trusted Mizunos, and finished my planned workout. Not only that, I was proud of myself for not pushing through the pain in the Newtons. It was only when my foot still hurt Friday night that I realized how wrong that was. I should have stopped altogether when my foot hurt. It honestly never even crossed my mind. 🙁
I am still giving myself credit for taking a rest day on Saturday, which was going to be my last serious training run before the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run on April 3. I had planned to do a 10 mile run around the Tidal Basin and Hains Point, partly to see the cherry blossoms (whose blooming has been delayed by cold weather anyway), but mostly to do a practice run around Hains Point, since it’s always the most challenging section of the course. Now, I’ll just have to face its tedium on race day.
I ran 3 miles on Monday, 5 miles on Wedensday, and might be contemplating a run in Boulder later today. My foot is not 100% better so I hope I’m not making it worse, but I had too many “special event” runs I didn’t want to miss this week.
Do you try to ignore injuries and hope they go away?