Niggles and head games

Hi all it’s really been an up and down last few days. On Wednesday I had a planned 8 km run . It was a really cold and wet Wellington day and I thought I had warmed up enough but about two km into it I felt a sharp pain and pull in my hamstring. The negative aspect of my thinking went into over drive and within 30 seconds I was talking myself into the fact that my half marathon goal was over and I was stupid in thinking I could run again. I allowed myself 20 seconds of self pity and I re evaluated. I knew my hamstring had not frozen up completely so it was not a full tear so I took a breathe stretched my hamstring and refocused. I took a deep breath and decided to try and run again … if it was too sore I would stop and walk back if it wasn’t I would try and work through it. It wasn’t that sore when I restarted so I continued on and finished the 8 km. In the past from here I would not listen to my body and keep pushing on but as soon as I got home I applied some topical pain/muscle relief and had some ibuprofen and wore some compression leggings. Thursday I woke up still a little tender so I did not run and I continued to treat it. It’s Friday as I type this and today I went for a run and after a thorough warm up I banged out 8 km pretty comfortably. Whilst frustrating this issue showed me how important mindset and positive self talk is. I am sure there will be more challenges to face as I get closer to the half but as the quote says ‘through pressure diamonds are formed’

I have a low key weekend planned with an easy 5 km tomorrow (Saturday) day off running on Sunday then a 11 km run planned for Saturday. I am really excited about this half marathon, it would be easy to look past this event at the other things I want to achieve but i want to stay in the moment and enjoy the days leading up to the event and the event itself.

So there we go a quick update of where things are at. Please feel free to send through any questions or comment below. Also please share and subscribe.

Yours in health and running

Shaun

Happy after a cold and windy 8 km run
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