One of the hardest things about being an injured runner is not being bale to run. One of the hardest parts of being a runner in recovery is admitting that 2 1/2 weeks of not running (and 100+ temps) can hurt your runs and you are just going to be slower.
Does it suck? Of course it does. But its part of the running thing that we all know and love and we just need to work through it. Some of the things that are helping me get through is remembering the best runner advice I ever got.
Shut up and run. Feel what you are doing. If you want to walk because you feel crappy, then shut up and run. If you want to walk because you feel something is wrong then stop. Feeling out of breath and like your legs are dead weight is not a reason to stop. Feeling shortness of breath, pain that is obviously not ache, and dizziness is a reason to stop.
But listen to your body. You are the only one who knows what you can and can’t do. Don’t push yourself so hard that you can’t function properly. An example of this is my complete inability to handle the heat. I run hot, and my body temp skyrockets fast. That being said, I know that if I start panting really hard and feel a tightness in my chest start…or feel that heat flush I always get I know I need to walk for a bit to bring my heart rate and my body temp down a little. Don’t use this as an excuse, but don’t kill yourself either.
Don’t stop. You can slow down…you can walk if you need to…but don’t stop moving. The minute you stop is the minute you start feeling the pain. Once you feel it…really feel it…you will start playing mind games with yourself. Just push through and finish your run, no matter how fast or slow you are going.
Remember: Everyone has a bad run from time to time. No one is perfect.
Surround yourself with a good support group. Having people cheer you on is sometimes all you need to push through and make it work.
Relax. It’s just running. Seriously. It’s not the end of the world, it’s not the end of your running career, and it’s not your last chance to rack up some miles. Stop beating yourself up and just go…
Stay strong out there, friends, and take a moment to relax and enjoy the run.