So, what's a girl to do? Well, I am going to take it easy for the next couple of days. I have a race on Sunday that I still really want to run, so I'm going to see where I am on Saturday night in regards to that. But for the rest of the week, I will use the elliptical or arc trainer, I will avoid heavy leg lifting, and I will pull out the old road bike and do some good quality cycling. I will also ice, massage, foam roll, etc.
And to make matters worse, my energy levels are still super low. I feel fatigued after 2 miles, and it is really frustrating. How do I got from having a killer 8 mile speed workout to not being able to run more than 3 miles without absolutely dying? I am going to get my blood taken to make sure I don't have anemia, and I also think I should get my thyroid checked after reading about symptoms related to thyroid disease and other issues.
Now that I've vented to you guys about how horrible my week is going, I am going to stay strong. I am not going to kick myself because of this. Maybe, just MAYBE, this is God's way of saying, "Hey, Rachel, take a step back. You are pushing it too much and your body needs a rest." So, I am going to listen to God and take a step back... I am thinking that even if I do run this race Sunday, I am going to take a week or two off from running regardless and rest my body from the pounding of running. I hate not running, but sometimes it's necessary!