My friend David recently sent me the article, Pity us runners, written by Jennifer Graham of the Boston Globe.
The point of this article is beautifully summed up as: Well, consider the typical marathon training program, which goes something like this: Run. Run more. Run more and more and more. Rest a few days. Run a distance that killed a man, and even if you throw up and your toenails fall off, keep going.
At first, I thought, “Ha ha. Funny.” But then I thought, “Maybe Jennifer has a point. Maybe I have a serious problem.”
Case in point, yesterday my coach told me I need to take 3-4 days off — at least — and go see my PT. What did I do in response to his sage advice? I ran for an hour.
I have a 50-miler in nine days. I can’t take time off. Fellow reader, you would have reacted the same.
The reason Coach wants me to rest is the piercing sharp pain that has suddenly overtaken my left knee. What do I think of this pain? Like most of you, I know I can run through it. Of course. Run through it. No big deal.
I believe this to be true even AFTER I loudly, and unexpectedly, yelled out on Tuesday’s run because it felt as if a knife had been jammed into my knee cap. I am sure it’s nothing. Will go away by tomorrow.
Another case in point, I said the following to my friend Carrie last weekend, “I think I might stick to marathons next year because they are short.”
If you don’t see the ridiculous nature of that statement, you have a bigger problem than me.
(Click on the photo to link to the article.)