A couple of weeks ago, I had come to the realization (and depression) that I was off track to reach the yearly mileage goal that I had set for myself. I usually hit my goals – so, I was more than a little bummed.
Being behind in my mileage was basically due to a couple of weeks where I had listened to my body and cut back on daily mileage. I had been running some killer repeats and had finished feeling great. Was running my cool down back to my house and coming down the hill – I stepped funky and tweaked my knee. No knee overuse injury – just stepped stupid.
So, I did some easy miles to rest it. By the way, my chiropractor said that there was nothing wrong with it when he manipulated it – and gave me the OK to continue running. And, to start slowly increasing my mileage to get back where I usually am.
I never really “hurt” was just an annoyance. I could still do 2 minute wall sits with no pain so, that pretty much confirmed that it wasn’t major. But, I’ve always paid attention to my body all these years (thus the 30+ year streak) – so, I took it easy.
Back at it and doing my double digit long runs and running happily. However, off track.
So, I was moaning about it over dinner one night and Hubby says, “Why don’t you do an extra mile or so a day to make the mileage up”.
Yeah, why not.
I decided to do it on a few days. It actually has been working great since I’ve been working on getting my mileage back to where it should be. 3 or 4 days a week, I’ll do an extra 2 miles in the late afternoon before I start dinner prep.
The days that I don’t do the double are the night I spend at Mom’s, the day of my pedicure (I mean, I can’t mess up my toes) and the evening before a long run or race.
It’s been working great! My mileage is getting back up and I’m happy to report that I’m back on track for the year!
Hubby may not be a runner – but, I guess he’s lived with me enough years that I’ve rubbed off. And, I’m glad that I listened to him!