|acupuncture with electric currents - not a great angle!!|
Now even though mentally I feel great for this race, physically my body is slowly revolting against me. It will be my second 1/2 marathon this year, with a couple 10mile races mixed in along the way. I'm pretty sure my body is now finally telling me to slow down and perhaps stop pushing so hard. I made it a promise to just get me through the week and one last race and I won't bother it with running for most of November. I promise to stick to ballet, Pilates and yoga for the next few months and give it some time off. I'm doing my best to help out - chiropractic adjustments, massage, acupuncture, ultrasound, heat, ice, magnesium...... all I ask is for maybe 20 more miles. I know I need to let go of my time goal and just enjoy the run (except for the tunnel because I truly hate that part of the race). It's hard to let go of the goal because besides this darn IT Band and Hip Flexor I feel great! My times were under a 10min/mile - which isn't breaking any records but for me is damn good! Now with this inflammation, I'm back in the 10:30min/mile - which is still good don't get me wrong but it's frustrating to know you're not where you could be. For now I'm just going to take it one day at a time. Rest and continue with the therapy and rolling on my foam roller at home and play it by ear.
Then this morning, as I was tweeting from the massage table, there was a running quote posted that read "sometimes your PR has nothing to do with time but what you conquer inside". Perhaps I should focus on that a bit more.