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Injury Update - YES The Doctor Told Me To

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Just wanted to give a quick update for anyone who might not have already heard. I went last week for a follow-up. I was actually in a lot of pain, as much pain as when the injury began. The x-ray did not show any fractures, BUT I was told that I could still have a fracture. I will need a bone scan or MRI to completely rule out any fractures. What did show up, however,

Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's been awhile since I've written. I've been out of town for work and super busy it seems. Ever since my last race, running has been a struggle. I don't know if it is because I really pushed myself at the last race or what the issue is. I just know that every time I have tried to run I have struggled. In fact, both of my runs at the beginning of last week resulted in me walking part of the way. I was more than frustrated with myself.

But as of yesterday, Friday, I told myself that I was running and I do mean running the entire distance regardless of how I felt. I left my office and ran 9.4 miles before returning. It gave me the mental boost that I needed for next weekend. Next Saturday is my first 10K (6.2 miles) race. I'm very nervous. I've never ran a race that long before. And my boss, who is excellent at pacing, isn't running the race this time. So, I will be on my own to try to pace myself.

I'm really nervous about this, and I struggle with pace...and that I just want to go 'faster' than what I do. I set goals of a 10 minute mile when in reality I run a little over an 11 minute to 11:30 mile especially for this distance.

So I want to set a goal to 'push myself', but I don't want to set an unrealistic goal either to leave me feeling defeated. I guess we'll find out next weekend.

Comments

  1. I struggle with setting realistic goals too. I think it is always better to not be too aggressive. You don't want to injure yourself trying to meet your goal pace and it's always easier to realize a pace that isn't too far out of reach. Race day adrenaline is always good and always helps move you quicker than you thought you could. Good luck.

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