Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I run because

Today has not been good. The last 24 hours have been awful. I am having some issues with my running at the moment and my training plan for Eugene has been derailed. No running today. No running tomorrow. UGH. This is not what was supposed to happen. This is not part of my plan dang it! I am trying to stay positive and looking at this as good recovery from the mileage I have been putting in.

I have nailed every single workout.

I have 5 long runs under my belt. 

With 6 weeks of training I have already ran almost as many miles as I did in the 12 weeks training for CIM.

I saw my chiropractor twice today for adjustments and had a good chat with my coach on the phone. I will be meeting up with my coach tomorrow so that he can assess the situation and we can come up with a game plan to get back on track. Keeping my fingers crossed for some good news!

Since I am super down in the dumps I thought it was good for me to go back and think some positive thoughts of why I run and why I love it so much. I hate to admit this, but I actually thought about (gasp) throwing in the towel on Eugene today. That was really the frustrated Tasha talking, not the "go getter, balls to the wall" Tasha.

I run because:
It makes me happy
Allows me to set goals for myself and push myself on a daily basis
It makes me to feel good about myself
I love the competition
I like to improve myself every year
I love a new PR
I love beating men (especially in my pink Team Sparkle skirt!)
I want to be healthy
I love the adrenaline from it
I can!

I saw this video a couple of weeks ago on Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem's blog and loved it! I even told her that I might have to steal this video for a future blog post.....

PS- Thanks to everyone who offered support and words of wisdom to me last night. I was an emotional wreck!

Questions for you:

Why do you run? 



  1. What Is going on!? Hope you get it worked out, you are so amazing, and i have loved following your training because you have been so on, nailing every workout.

    Glad you used the video, I love that one.

    I run for so many reasons, including me, to be a better mom, to be a better me, all the great thinking time and Love of a challenge To name a few.

    Hugs, hope you are back to running healthy soon!

  2. Quickly commenting before I get the kids in bed...

    Praying for healing and peace of mind! Deep, deep breath, my friend! Praying!


  3. It will all workout!!
    Just a thought though....did your coach follow the 10% rule when he increased yoru mileage? I know you ramped up pretty quick and sometimes that can be a recipe for injury...I'm sure he did I just don't know how all that went.
    I am super OVERLY cautious now b/c I learned the HARD WAY last year as I'm sure you know. ran so many workouts that were KILLER hard and lots of marathon paced long runs and ended up with a friggin stress fracture 5 days before my marathon:(!
    trust me...a few days off won't even make a dent in your fitness. it is better to just hang back and show up healthy than not show up at all! say a prayer and trust in the almighty....he is aware of all your struggles. You will still PR at Eugene, you've got this!

  4. Thinking of you Tasha. Sorry to hear that things are not going so well right now. Huge Hugs!

  5. I know exactly how you feel, I think if you around long enough most runners go through this. We ask so much of our bodies and sometimes they just push back a little. When I was having knee pain about a month ago, I was so discouraged and it really depressed me for a couple of days but in the end I think it just woke me up to the fact that I needed to listen to my body more.
    A couple days of rest and I am sure you will be good to go :). You still have time before Eugene and 2 days off is not going to affect your fitness at all!
    You are strong, you will get through this :). Sending love your way :)

  6. You guys just totally made my morning and the start to my day so much better. I felt better once I woke up and then I got all of your wonderful comments and that made me feel even better. Thank you for all of the kind words and support. I promise to make a longer comment tonight after work once I meet with my coach.


  7. Dang. Hoping for good news and a great new plan from your coach.

  8. Keep your head up girl!! I think this is just a bump in the road. You do have amazing fitness to fall back on and I don't think even a week of rest could affect you. I'll be praying it all turns out good. Relax and try to enjoy your rest days :)

  9. I have felt pretty good all day after going to my chiro twice yesterday. I have been stretching every chance I get to try and loosen up my hamstring. My left hamstring is still pretty tight, but my calf feels much better so that is positive progress.

    I was really looking forward to meeting my coach this afternoon so that he can assess my stride, but the poor guy came down with pneumonia! Just to cover my bases I pulled some strings at my work to get into a really good sports med physician first thing Friday morning. I made the appointment more for piece of mind than anything.

    Tonight I did 1 mile because my chiro said I could. It felt pretty good, but it was only 1 mile. I am now "celebrating" this little victory with a glass of wine! Tomorrow my coach said to run an easy 2-3 miles before I go to work to see how I feel. If I feel good then we can go back to my original training plan. I have 22 miles on Sunday. 11 miles easy and 11 miles at mp. I am hoping it goes good. After this 22 miler I only have two longs runs left- both 24 miles. I am so excited!

    Nicole to answer your question, yes we did use the 10% rule. However, I have a bad knee and back which probably lead to this whole debacle. I am running more miles at a higher intensity so something like this was bound to happen eventually. My coach wants me to use Eugene as a "development" race and then plan on running hard at PDX in October. I might need some cheerleaders if any of you PDX ladies aren't running! :-)

    I am keeping my chin up and keeping a positive attitude. I know that I still have plenty of time before Eugene. I am just thankful that I was smart enough to realize that something was "off". Usually I would have just powered through. I am definitely learning to listen to my body more. That is so important!

    Thank you so much for all of your kind thoughts, wishes, hugs, and prayers. It means a lot to me. :-)


  10. I just saw this post. Hope you recover fast! Aghghg


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