Stephen and I have an ongoing debate in our relationship. He swears up and down that I am the stubborn one. I am certain that he is the stubborn one. While I shall never conceed that I am stubborn in general (I’m just not!), I can admit that I am stubborn when it comes to running. If I get it in my head that I want to run, then I’m going to run.
That’s what happened on Friday. I had already decided fo’ sho’ that I was going to run 2 miles. Pre-run I was busting out some push-ups in an attempt to pump up my little t-rex arms. Only 3 push-ups in I was already straining, grunting, and sweating. Pushing with all my might, I couldn’t quite get out that 3rd push-up, but I did manage to pull a muscle in my neck. Owie, owie, owie. Pain in the neck. Literally.
Any sane person would take that crick in the neck and nurse it, be lazy, recover. But I’m not sane, I’m stubborn. So I went on my 2 mile run anyway.
Mistake. I felt find on the run, but afterwards, I was in a world of hurt.
As a result, I spent all day Saturday and all day Sunday taking it easy. No running, no push-ups, no crazy parties, and no turning my head to the right. I also had Stephen dab a hearty helping of Tiger Balm (like Icy Hot, but with bits of real tiger) right on the problem area.
All that rest and Tiger Balm did the trick. Monday I was back to my old self. I could even turn right again. Naturally, that meant time for another run.
This time I faired much better. No neck pain! Huzzah! The best part of this run: Geronimo and I went 4 miles (another new GDR for him!) and explored some new running trails.
I’m kicking myself for running with the neck pain on Friday. (Foolish! I’m not even training for anything! Why the need to do that to myself!) But I’m also focusing on the positive. I’m feeling better, my neck is better, and I just got in an awesome run. All’s well that ends well.
Are you stubborn? Have you been known to workout when you know you probably shouldn’t?*