I went to Fleet Feet on Tuesday to see if getting some new shoes will help my IT issues. The extremely friendly and helpful worker – Alex - analyzed my gait and let me try on about a bajillion shoes. It made me feel good that, upon looking at the wear of my last pair, he remarked, “Oh, yeah, these shoes are done.” My shoes don’t last for nearly as many miles as “everyone” says they should. Good thing my weekly mileage stays under 30 or I’d go broke on shoes. My new BFF Alex also confirmed that I have a forefoot stride while running and a mild enough pronation that I can choose to correct it or not. So, what did I buy? The exact same pair of Newtons I’ve been wearing. Of course.
On the way home, I was whining to The Hubs about my IT (again) and dithering about how to treat it (again), what to do next (again), whether or not I could run the marathon (again), etc. The Hubs said to me - Well, hang on for a minute and let me tell you a little bit about my husband. He is a man of VERY few words, a former Army officer. His current job is very stressful, but I hardly ever hear about it because he just doesn’t bring it home. He pushes himself to be excellent at anything he tries – have I mentioned that he’s training for the full iron distance Silverman right now? He’s pretty tough.
Anyway, here’s how our conversation went:
HIM: So, are you really in that much pain?
ME: *whine* blah blah blah, all about me and my IT, blah blah blah (this went on for a while, I admit). What worked for you when you had IT pain a couple of years ago?
HIM: I have IT pain now, too.
ME: What, like when you run?
ME: How about when you ride your bike?
ME: You have IT pain all the time, even sitting here in the car and talking to me??
ME: *silent for a moment while I process this information and remember all the hard miles he’s put in lately* So, you’re saying I just need to HTFU, huh?
HIM: *laughs* You said it, not me!
Even though he didn’t say it, he made a good point. This is what I have been lacking in my training and racing. This is why I set goals that I don’t quite reach – I back off when things get difficult. Rather than rest and whine and worry, I need to work through rough spots, to gut out pain, to harden the F up. (Side note: I still have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow – you can’t “tough out” a broken bone, so I will at least rule out all other injuries before jumping back into marathon training. I’m also looking into Active Release and massage therapies in my area, because ideally I’d like to run pain-free, you know?)
So I went for a five mile run today. I started off around marathon goal pace and picked it up about ten seconds every mile. There was some pain, but I ran through it and it didn’t kill me. Good to know.