I know every day cannot be a good day. I try to stay positive and upbeat, but dang it, today sucked. I was very excited about speed work today. I was there on time, and I felt good. But, not even a lap into the run, my ankle started hurting a little. I thought, "Just work through the pain, and it will go away." Well it didn't, and by my second 800, I was in pain! My ankle hurt, and it spread up into my shin. So I stopped running and walked a half mile hoping it would start to feel better. It did a little, but I knew as soon as I stopped and sat down it would tighten up, and it did.
I know I will need to ice it a lot tonight and take it easy, because I don't want to have a serious injury. I also think my pride was hurt as well because of it happening in front of my running group. If I was out running alone and was forced to walk, I would have walked and not worried, but I was worried about what the others would think. I was worried that people would say, "How is he going to run a marathon if he cannot even last a speed workout?" I know it is silly, but those are the thoughts that went through my head.
So, chalk this one up as a learning experience. I will get iced up and take it easy at boot camp on Thursday. I will take a serious rest day on Friday, so I will be ready for my 9 miles this Saturday. 9 MILES!! That is just crazy to think about! I am excited for it!