Monday, August 18, 2014

Why Is It So Hard Not To Run?

It's no secret that biking is my activity of choice. So why is it so hard to stop running when I know it would be the smart thing to do.  More than a week ago, in fact the night before my last tri, I stubbed my toe badly.  I immediately stopped and iced it because this toe was broken once and it seems to get injured easily.  It didn't give me much problem in the tri the next day, in fact I could pretty much ignored it.

But as I ran last week there were days I wondered if I should be running and one day when I KNEW I shouldn't be but I still did.  I am not good about listening to my body. My foot was telling me it hurt but I didn't listen.  But it still seemed to be getting better. But the other night I caught my toe on something and it yanked it a little bit and seemed to pull it all out of shape again. It is ALWAYS bigger, it never recovered from it's first injury.  But it usually doesn't hurt.  I'm okay to bike and swim.

So finally - just this morning - I said enough pain!  I am not going to run for a few days.  Although I found myself thinking it felt better in the middle of the day, surely I could run a bit. But I have not.  I won't even think about it until Wednesday and should go longer.

How are you about missing workouts? Do you worry you will lose it all?  Do you try to make them up later?  It is much easier to know what you should do than to actually do it, I find.


On the biking front, I had a great birthday ride. I rode 62 miles. I guess 61 for my age and one to grow on.  I rode all through the islands, into New York and down through New York, back to Vermont.





Saturday I did a ride I like a lot.  On the way back I got a flat.  I am ashamed to admit that as much as I ride and as far as I ride I CANNOT CHANGE A FLAT.  I am even more ashamed to admit that I had no tube or tools with me. I am even more ashamed to admit that I rode 13 miles on a flat tire.  I knew better.  But I am delighted to say that the tire and rim were completely fine!

I am again ashamed to tell you I rode today and forgot my new tools and tube at home.  They are now in the car ready for my next ride.  But it was a beautiful ride on my last official day of summer.







12 comments:

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Happy belated birthday! I went on a bike ride far from home with some friends and when I found out that none of us knew how to fix a flat, I worried. We survived the ride without any flats, fortunately!

Darlene said...

I am bad at running when I know I shouldn't. Rest that toe! At least, you have biking & swimming.

Mike Ransick said...

Can you tape the toe to one next to it for protection? Running is therapeutic which is why it's hard to stop though I do like riding more too.

Fran said...

If I feel bad about a missed workout depends: if I am really tired or hurt than it's okay and I don't feel guilty about it. If I skip it because I just don't want to, I feel guilty. I never make up for a missed workout, read several articles about this that you shouldn't do that. And I'm not afraid to lose it all if I miss one workout. I know from experience now that when I don't do much for a month or longer (what just happened) I do lose it all.

Teamarcia said...

Sounds like a marvelous birthday ride! I think running is so ingrained in us that we just don't know how to stop. I suppose there are far worse habits. I say no more marathons yet they keep happening...no more after NYC. Really.

EB said...

What a great way to celebrate your birthday! I cannot change a flat either and often forget to take my tools with me.

Michael said...

I really love that picture of you with the sunflowers! gorgeous!!!

It is hard to take time off and miss workouts. I hate it. And I'm with you. All of a sudden once I've made the decision I suddenly "feel better" lol. Good decision to stay off it a couple of days...you can do it ;)

Happy Birthday!

HalfCrazed Runner said...

Someone once told me they think I'd run even with a broken leg. You were smart to take time off. Looks like a great ride.

Johann said...

I used to worry about missing workouts but somewhere along the line I learned that it doesn't matter if you miss a workout from time to time. I never try to make it up again and just treat it as rest.

Giorgio said...

Happy belated birthday, and congrats on your great birthday ride.

Liz said...

Happy Birthday! Yes, I'm finding it hard to post regularly at the moment. Recently I was busy was work, but at the moment I'm busy with doing holiday stuff!

I hate missing a run, especially as I'm trying to run my biggest ever mileage target this year...

Amy Crawshaw said...

Hope you had a great Birthday - sounds like you did what you love to do!

As for putting running aside for now to let your toe heal, I think you're doing the right thing, even though you struggle with it. If I had listened to my sore hip from the beginning and given it more rest, I probably wouldn't have had to stop running for a whole year to let it heal when it finally got so bad I couldn't ignore it anymore. So better to make adjustments early on, rather than put it off til it gets even worse and maybe irreversibly damaged.

In the meantime I'll keep my fingers crossed for your toe! ;-)