It’s been a not so fun 24 hours in my house. My furball got hurt yesterday
I don't want to go to the vet, mommy.
His left front leg was at a 90 degree angle from his body when I got home from Girls on the Run. I have NO clue how he did it. After two trips and a lot of time (and money) at the emergency vet, we’re still not exactly sure what’s wrong with our baby.
I do not handle doggie troubles well at all. I’ve been wavering from calm shock and confusion to sobbing hysterics. My eyes are so puffy from the tears that I'm embarrassed to go out in public. My hubby and I have canceled plans and rearranged our entire weekend so one of us will always be home with him. I'm not sure this is rational behavior, but I can't help it.
I planned on running 10-12 miles before work this morning (I signed up for the half marathon I was considering and it’s next weekend). But when I hadn’t fallen asleep by 1 a.m., I turned off my alarm.
I still naturally woke up early. After checking out my still hurt furball, I decided one thing could make me feel better: a run. I only had about an hour, so I figured an easy 7 miler would be my goal. Realistically, I knew I’d probably only be able to handle a much shorter run due to my lack of sleep.
But something amazing happened: I felt strong and ran hard. I’m not sure if it was the motivation to get out of the 24(!) degree weather or if some speed is what I needed to cope. I managed 8 miles an at 8:02 pace.
A bit later in the day, I realized I could still fit in a long run. I’d ran another 4 miles after work at an 8:17 pace.
8 a.m. miles + 4 p.m. miles= 12 miles, right? Long run done
I know it’s not that simple. An 8 miler and a 4 miler done in the same day is not the same as running 12 miles at once. But I hoped since I did my 8 miles at a hard pace, that my legs would still be fatigued (they were) during my 4 miler and I'd feel like I was in the middle of a long run (I did).
I’m not sure how I feel about splitting up a long run. I'm not concerned with PRing next weekend, and I wonder how I would have approached this situation if a PR was possible. I do know that life gets in the way sometimes and workouts have to be tweaked or skipped all together.
I’m just very grateful that my run helped me feel better. So many things in life are out of our control that sometimes it just feels really, really good to get a good rush of endorphins.
Thanks so much for all of the well wishes for my doggie on twitter. I know he appreciates them. I’ll keep you updated
Have you ever split up a long run? How do you modify workouts when life gets in the way?