An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
These maxims are indeed words to live by...
Especially as a long-distance runner. Especially if you're nothing but a wannabe.
I don't have the luxury of being naturally athletic. I didn't accidentally find out that I enjoyed running. It has been a painstaking and deliberate process.
And I have learned, that prevention is as important as progression. To prevent injury, I've learned the importance of two things: 1) Ice Baths after long runs, and 2) New shoes at 250 miles.
So why would a mediocre 37 year old woman DARE to violate the big TWO??? Because she thinks she can "beat the system," "fly under the radar," or (laughingly) "muscle through it."
What??? What's that I feel??? WHAT??? No. This is NOT okay. Hamstring pull, Hamstring pull, go away, come again another day! AHH...the books are all right. An under trained runner is significantly more effective than an injured one.
I've ordered the shoes (too little too late?), compression shorts, and I'm applying ice. We'll see where we are in a few days.