This morning I ran 6.2 miles. Well, I ran about 5.5 of the 6.2 miles and walked the other .7 miles. But still, I think that is pretty good since I am in pain from my crash still. Last night I laid in bed with ice all down my leg and I think that helped a little.
I think I may have pulled a muscle in my leg and one near my knee, but nothing is swollen up, so I'll stick with advil and ice for now. If things get worse, I'll see a doctor. I just hate the idea of taking the time out of my day to see the doctor, pay a $20 co-pay and then be told to ice and take advil.
If you took away the leg pain and the wierd clicking noise that either my collarbone or my shoulder were making every now and then, and the rib pain that came and went, I felt pretty good on this morning's run. I kept a pretty steady pace and only walked when I had to because the pain got too bad. But there were stretches of the run where I was able to just ignore the pain, so that was good. I wasn't fast - a 13 minute, 12 second average pace per mile - but I really didn't want to be either. I wanted to just get out there and try to get the mileage done because reality is this it's only a little bit over 2 months until the 70.3 in Augusta and the less training I get in, the less likely I'm going to be able to say that I completed the 70.3.
And with the knowledge of how much time training for the 70.3 has taken away from the family and the fact that Mr. Darcy would like to see a little more of me (which is a good thing in reality) and the girls ages, I know that this is the closest I'll be getting to an IronMan (70.3 or otherwise) in the next few years. After Augusta, I'll be focusing on getting faster at everything but sticking to the Olympic Distance races for awhile. So, I really want to do my best to get my training in... even if I'm limping along.
The irony is that I went to the dentist this morning and after laying in their ergonomic chair while having my teeth cleaned, my legs feel better. Not stiff any more or anything. Of course, it just dawned on me - I also took 3 advil before I went. Hmm. I bet it's the advil.
Tomorrow is a nice long 2500m swim with drills. Let's hope that feels better than today's run did!