I just made a very BIG very IMPORTANT decision.
Ever since the 1/2 I ran a week and a half ago I have really not been able to run. I gave myself a few days off after the race, then came down with a cold and generally felt very low energy. I got out for a easy 5 K and it was slow and creaky but fine. The next day however knee pain was back in my everyday life- not just when running. I had hoped to do 11k yesterday and get back on schedule but could only manage 3.5k- and some of it I had to walk.
I have started yoga (VERY hard but I liked it) and I go to see my accupuncturist today but I have been nervously eyeing the calendar since last week and the marathon is 7 weeks away… my long run is supposed to be 24K this week and 28 the next. It’s not going to happen- as determined and optimistic as I can be my body will not cooperate. Couple that with the fact that the next 6 weeks will be my very busiest at work…
So I changed my entry in the BMO Vancouver Marathon to the Half category. Still a good goal- but one that I feel more confident I can achieve.
I thought long and hard about it and I want to be in this for the long term. I had made a goal to run 1 marathon a year- and that is still very attainable- it is only March. If I push it now I might do some real damage. And this should be a wake up call to myself that I MUST do the stretches and the strength training to be able to endure the long distances.
A bit of weight had been taken off my shoulders but there’s a still enough pressure to make myself crazy.
I’m all about the crazy.