I woke up this morning super excited for a long run. I’d been looking forward to it for a few days after taking it pretty easy this week to recover from Gasparilla.
I switched up my pre-run breakfast and had oatmeal with walnuts, banana, and cinnamon.
Then set out for a 4 hour run (somewhere in the 20-mile range) on this very overcast morning in St. Pete.
About mile 5 my knees started to bother me. Not pain but discomfort. This occasionally happens to me until I give them some time to stretch out. Unfortunately, that relief never came this morning.
Even though I really wanted to get the miles in, the more logical side of my brain suggested I look at the big picture and stop before making it any worse. I made the decision to cut my run in half this morning and head home. Even though I know it’s best for me it’s always hard to push aside the feeling of defeat.
It’s a bit ironic that my knees start bothering me just 3-days after posting that I’d been feeling pretty good. After some ice and rest this afternoon they are feeling a lot better. It’s just one of those things that comes with the training.
Have you ever cut a run short? How do you deal with feeling defeated by it?