I was questioning only ever so slightly whether I should run today. My chest was quite tight this morning, it was freezing cold and I was concerned I’d hold the other runners up.
I had a very uncomfortable run, almost from the start, which is a shame as Grace had mapped out a really nice 16 mile route into town and out again. In earlier posts I’ve commented on how empty my head gets when I’m running but today was full of doubts that I could make the distance. There were odd moments after a gel where I felt OK, but all in all I just wasn’t feeling it. I started to run/walk from 10 miles and threw in the towel just before 13 as I was developing what felt like a new IT band pain in my right leg. The group were unbelievably supportive and encouraged me to stick it out, but I definitely made the right decision.
This is the first time I’ve had a run like that. It goes to show how a cold can affect these long runs as two weeks ago I managed 14 miles quite easily. A lesson learned. I’ve been icing my leg and hopefully it will clear up soon. And I need to give myself permission to have some time off if it does still hurt on Tuesday or the cold is still hanging on.