Running was going great since my hamstring strain last month and then last night at track, BAM! it was back, but thank goodness not at the intensity when it first occurred during my race. So now, I'm spinning at the bottom of the string wondering how to wind myself back up again and get back into a fluid motion. Analyzing the situation this could have occurred because of
- speed work
- running 4 days in a row
- wearing different shoes at track
- running 42 miles last week
- because it was a Tuesday or the sun/moon were aligned or weren't aligned
It could have been a combination of factors and while it's tough not to beat myself for wearing the different shoes or running 4 days in a row, it's in the past and dwelling will only hurt me (easier said than done).
Attempting to wind the yo-yo back up, I knew I needed help with the mindset. I talked to John, my boyfriend. He helped by pointing out that taking a couple days won't hurt (today is an off day anyway) and I could start my taper early. I have one more 20 miler scheduled in 1.5 weeks so hopefully I can still get that in. I'm still able to run Boston even if it's not at the time I'd want to run it at. He ran Boston 20 minutes slower than the time he qualified and still had a great time and fantastic memories.
I also talked to Coach Dean . No more speed work is the first thing he said. At this point, it won't help my conditioning and can aggravate the area. Next, time off won't hurt my conditioning. I'm in great shape, had a great 20 miler and may not get a PR but that's ok. The main focus is to rehab without losing the conditioning.
So my action plan is ice, vitamin I, continue my PT exercises to strengthen hips/glutes, and I'll consider running or using the elliptical on Friday. I'm going to Charleston , SC on Saturday with my girlfriends for a week so I may just wait until Sunday to try running again. I am looking forward to running around the Charleston area checking out the sites. The bigger problem is not falling into the sea of worry, which I have a tendency to do. What do you do to combat worry?