Beating myself up over running

Oh running. Why are you such an evil mistress? Actually I’d equate running more along the lines of a frenemy. Stupid running frenemy.

I had to take a week off from training because I got crazy sick. I was in Atlanta for work in the middle of the month and was getting a cold towards the tail end of the trip. The plane ride home totally did me in and I was sidelined from running for just over a week with a cough, cold, sinus problems and inner ear issues. (My doctor – at my second visit – literally told me “sucks to be you”. That’s how bad I was.) Now that I’m finally feeling better I started training again and it sucks.

I hate that I’m a week + behind in my training schedule. And I hate that the week off totally did me in, and I struggle running for 10 minutes straight.

Why is it that when you have a bad run you beat yourself up over it? (Or is it just me?) Like, I ran 4 freaking miles today and yes I walked a bit more than I would have liked, but that’s four miles I wouldn’t have logged at all if I was still in bed sleeping. Why is the negative what is focused on more than the actual act of getting up and getting moving?

And to make matters worse, before I left for Atlanta I started experiencing some pain in my left foot. I can’t really determine what it is, but its a burning pain that comes and goes and feels muscular (or ligamenty?) Anyway, as much as I don’t want to go for fear of bad news I’m headed to my old podiatrist (thank god he’s cute!) to get it checked out. Fingers (and toes!) crossed it’s nothing too serious.


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  1. I was wondering the other day: how many people can run 1 mile without stopping, and how many do on a regular basis? How many can run 3 miles without stopping, and do? And how many can run 5 miles without stopping, and do? I think the answers to these questions will make all of us feel better about ourselves and our haphazard running schedules/attempts.

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