Slow is better than nothing

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October 30, 2012 by Amy B

I couldn’t take it anymore. I decided I would put in 2 miles, regardless of how it felt.

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My legs felt pretty great. The problem? I can’t take deep, full breaths. This becomes a problem when trying to increase stride, pace.

I’m still in some pain but I did feel marginally better this morning. I might try to get out again for another two if time permits tonight. At the very least, I’d like to get out on campus for a walk at some point.

Pile on the miles starts on Thursday! I need to be better by then if I’m going to come even close to reaching my goal.

Things that you can’t do when you’ve pulled a muscle in your chest:

  • Breathe deeply
  • Sit up in bed without pushing yourself up with your arms
  • Opening the car door with my left hand (I know, this is kind of pathetic)
  • Reaching down to pick up the baby with my left arm
  • Blowing my nose

I just want to be better. Injuries suck.

It was tough to not get down on myself for the slow pace. I thought, this is what we were running during the first half of the marathon! I should be easily knocking out two miles in under 20 minutes, no question.

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Amy, July 2013

I'm a thirty-something suburbanite turned ruralite living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Wife, mom of two, eater of all things delicious, and a runner. This is where I blather on about running and health. Baby Number Three will be here in November (so yes, I'm a little crazy), and I'm running through my pregnancy for as long as my body's willing and able. There's also more of me at amyupnorth.com. Read more here.

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