Week 5 of our training plan has brought some very unwelcome setbacks.
And it was a relatively easy week! We planned it that way, getting some of the more difficult workouts done last week, because today we run the Rainier to Ruston 50 mile Relay…and we wanted to be fresh and ready to go. This is a race Amy and I have been looking forward to all year–we ran it for the first time last year and had a blast. So there has been much anticipation and excitement and, basically, I’ve been up since 4:30 this morning because I’m ready to go and I can’t wait. (I’m excited to write a race report later this week.)
So. Let’s just talk about my neck for a minute. That ugly, pesky little herniated disc has started causing problems again, but hey, only when I actually have to MOVE my head. It all started Tuesday, after our hill-repeat-in-the-muggy-evening run. I had a dull headache afterwards but brushed it off. Wednesday morning greeted me with the same headache that I tried to ignore and pretend it wasn’t a migraine but, of course, it was. And then, BAM, Thursday I woke up and my neck felt all cranky. Add another migraine to the day and I was officially sidelined and a little panicky that I wouldn’t be in good shape to run our race.
I’ve been dealing with this injury since I started running three years ago. I’ve listened to all sorts of smart professional people tell me I really have no business running in the first place. However, I have found that with the right blend of anti-inflammatories and stubbornness, I can keep going. But this training plan, and it’s increased intensity, has started to take it’s toll. I’m wondering if I need to back off or quit all together. I want to keep running for a long, long time…a 10 week training plan that leaves me with faster miles but constant neck pain just isn’t worth it. But then again…maybe if I just back off a little bit, and rest, I can be back in the swing of things by next week.
It’s always a balance, always a gamble. I ran my slowest 3 miles in quite some time on Wednesday, and took Thursday off altogether. Zoey and I made it through 27 minutes of Family Circuit class at the Y last night before my neck started whining again, so we left. I woke up this morning feeling, so far, okay. I’m nervous that running today could really screw up my head, in more ways than one.