There’s no question it’s been a snowy winter, and I think I’m officially sick of snow. Lucky for us, cows do well in cold weather. All of our hutch calves are healthy and strong, and our milking cows much prefer chilly winter to the 80+ degree days of summer. (Ah…. the 80 degrees of summer. I can almost imagine the warm air on my face and the bright, sunny sky. Okay, moving on.)
Even though swirling snow can be a pain, it can definitely be pretty…
On Saturday I woke up about 6:00, and my darling husband remembered to inform me we needed to be at the farm by about 8:00. (Normally Saturday morning is our time off if possible and we don’t go to the farm until the afternoon, but that doesn’t always work out.) This change in schedule gave me two options.
1) Get out of bed, hoof it to the gym, and get my 8 miles in on the treadmill.
2) Stay in bed for a while, go to the farm by 8:00, and attempt to get my run done sometime mid-day.
I selected option 1, mainly because I didn’t know how long our project at the farm would take, and I didn’t know how motivated to run I would feel after we were done.
Once I got on the treadmill, the first mile was awful. I like to be awake at least a 1/2 hour (and more if possible) before I start running or my legs just feel like lead. Those first few minutes were so sluggish I worried about my ability to get through 1 mile – let alone 8 – but I trudged on.
The good news is the run improved as I kept going, and the last few miles felt pretty easy. I certainly could have tacked on another mile or so if I’d had time. The bad news is my upper left leg is still not feeling exactly normal. It gets a little tight while I’m running, and it definitely needs ice after. Overall it is no worse than it was 2 weeks ago, so I figure I can keep running, right??
For those of you that like numbers as much as me – the official stats were 8.06 miles at 9:48 pace. I ended the week with 16.5 miles, which is lower mileage than I’d like. My problem is this sore leg. I really feel like I can’t run 2 days in a row right now because of it, and I don’t want to make things worse.
I will say that all 3 runs this last week were good, so I’m just going to stick with lower mileage and a little more cross training until I feel comfortable adding another running day or two.
Thanks for listening to my woes; happy Monday all!
What is your strategy for dealing with a small, but nagging injury?