2 separate runs and 6 miles later......
Tada!!!! NO PAIN!
Was it ever worth it to back off and let my body heal? Yes, sir.
Was it torture to skip my 37 mile training week for running about 9 miles total? You betcha.
However, this just means that there's a greater chance that next week I can run 20 miles.
And the next? 30.
And two weeks after that? RAGNAR.
Our bodies are amazing. They were created to allow us to run for miles and miles, create and bear children, smile, laugh, slow us down, and to heal.
Know what I learned over the last two weeks? Sometimes we should listen to our bodies more than our heads.
There's a time to go fast. There's a time to push the limits. And there's a time to recover.