Wednesday, October 15, 2008

To Run or Not to Run

I'm considering skipping my run today. Hear me out...

I ran the half on Saturday and pushed it. I did well.

I took Sunday and Monday off. On Monday, I felt an ache in the top of my right quad. Tuesday, it was still there. I still ran the 3 easy miles that were on the training plan.

Today it still aches. It's not really painful. It didn't really hurt while I was running yesterday, but I was aware of it. I need to do some 400m repeats today... it's not a long workout, but it'll be a quick one in terms of my pace.

I don't feel incapable of running the workout today. However, the only other thing I need to do this week is a 20-miler. Clearly that's kind of a big deal, so I'm wondering if it'd be worthwhile to give myself an extra rest day and skip the speed workout so that my quad can sort itself out before the long run...

Decisions, decisions.

Meanwhile, Amanda made it safely to town and after eating dinner, we spent the evening chilling out and catching up on some girl talk. Looks like our plans are to do downtown tonight and then make tomorrow evening a bit more leisurely again (dinner and shopping). It's so fun to have her here, and I'm really looking forward to getting the 20-miler behind me so we can head to Knoxville for a weekend of fun.

So what do you fellow runners think? Run today and hope that the running will work out the quad (because sometimes that's what it takes)? Or do I skip the run and just do the 20-miler and have a 23-mile week instead of a 27-mile week as planned?

I don't think the quad is anything serious. It doesn't feel "sore" like it might after a hard workout... but it's not really painful either. It's more of a dull ache that I'm aware of most of the day.

10 comments:

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Hmm, I would probably rest it. I remember back in high school when we would run long distances that we would rest right before the run if we were hurt!

*aron* said...

i would probably rest it... if you do want to get the miles in maybe just do them easy?? but if you arent concered with the miles then just rest and be ready to rock the 20 :) better to be safe than sorry right?

Laura said...

My advice is go for it, but everyone on my blog answering my similar question says rest, so... :)

Matt said...

Maybe do a light jog/run to stretch it out and see how you feel during the first bit. If it's too much, stop.

The Happy Runner said...

I would rest. If you really want to get out there, though, I'd vote for an easy run, rather than repeats. You don't want to risk not being able to do the 20-miler.

Eric said...

run today with out the speed and see how its feeling

Chris said...

I'd be careful with your quad! Mine was sore and I didn't listen and one kick of the soccer ball later I was floored for a summer. SUCK.

J said...

Try to run if u can, and see how it feels before heading out for the 20 miler. You might have to rearrange your running plans so you dont get hurt!

M*J*C said...

I'm late to the party on this one, I would have suggested rest and stretching....how's it feeling now?

Christine said...

I think you deserve a day off :) Everyone needs one sometime.. Maybe just do some push ups and abs while watching your favorite show.