Of course I'm looking forward to our journey to Massachusetts, but after the race I'm also planning on taking a week or two off from running to fully recover ... and I'm almost as excited about the rest. I just wanna get completely healthy for a while - and I'll need it. I intend on setting a PR in June at the Fargo Marathon, and then I'll start getting ready for a back-to-back test in October with the Kansas City Marathon on Saturday, and the Des Moines Marathon the next day.
Now this issue of health is something we all deal with daily. And I guess the question always becomes "How far can you push yourself without injury?" I know there are a few doctors who stop by this blog occasionally and I can probably guess what their take would be on over-training and rest ... safe and sane opinions to be sure. I'm not saying I'm "PRO" damaging your body ... but it seems like there is very fine line between over-training to the point of injury, and squeezing out every last ounce of performance.
Even with all the all miles I've put on this year, overall I feel tired, but pretty healthy! Like everyone, I deal with a few nagging pains here and there. Nothing serious, mostly a sore left ankle that I fear could turn into a stress fracture, and two light bouts of tendonitis in different areas around my knee. But as an athlete, I don't want to leave anything on the training table. I don't want to stand at the starting line at a big races this summer wishing I had done more. But that's just it ... I wanna be standing at the starting line, not laid up in bed somewhere nursing a broken bone or something.
As I'm often reminded on this blog, (both by myself and others) it's not just about running fast, but I do have a couple of speed related goals for later this year. And the older I get these formulas seem to hold true...
train more = more soreness = potential injury = faster races
train less = feel better = healthier body = slower times
I just wish there was a simple formula where "x" number of miles and rest equal a certain finishing time. But it really seems to be an ongoing process of figuring out how much pain your body can handle, without completely tipping the scale and breaking your body. I dunno??? Back to lab I guess!
... be great today!