Good news. I’m running again! Not full on training, but definitely running. I got in a 6 mile run over the weekend and 3, 4 and 5 milers last week. I got in another 5.5 miles on Monday and took a rest day on Tuesday. Right now I’m trying to run every other day so I can use my rest days to focus on stretching and strengthening. I’m confident that I’m finally at the end of this injury.
Bad news. I don’t know if the Richmond marathon is realistic or not. It’s in about 7.5 weeks, so it really depends on when I can start running really long again. Losing 5 weeks in the middle of your training for your first marathon is not really much of a confidence booster. Right now I am keeping my runs SLOW and being really cautious. I’m going to try for a long run this weekend (8-10 miles) and see how it goes. I’ll probably make a decision in the next week or two based on how I feel during that run.
Other good news. Cross training really helped me out during this injury. I don’t feel like I’ve lost much cardio fitness at all. The only thing that has been stopping me on my runs is the tightness in my legs, not a loss of breath or feeling tired. All of those stair stepper/elliptical sessions really paid off.
I’m trying to find a silver lining here, but what it comes down to is I really wanted to run Richmond. I’ve been thinking about this race pretty much every day since February when I decided I wanted to run a marathon. Now that it might not happen I can’t help but feel a little down about it. I know there will be other marathons, but when I get my mind set on something I have a lot of trouble letting it go. I know it’s an injury and it’s not like I just decided to rest for 5 weeks for no reason, but it still makes me feel like I failed in some way. I think since this was going to be my first marathon it means a little bit more to me. I’ve already imagined myself running it and crossing the finish line, so I’m going to do everything I possibly can to get there.
Have you ever had to sit out of a race because of an injury? Did you have trouble letting it go?