So I was not able to carry on with my half marathon training this morning despite pleas, prayers, and good thoughts.
When I woke up at 5:30am today I still felt a pain my foot. After talking about my current physical state in depth with Tommy and my friend Katie on the phone last night I decided to take the advice of listening to my body. Not going to lie I was 95% ready to just tough it up and do the elliptical instead of my 3 mile run so I could do something active today, but Tommy reminded me that 1) my whole goal was to run the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon and I couldn’t very well do this if I further injured myself and 2) he assured me that my months of training wouldn’t be for naught with my losing two days of training.
As you know when I train for half marathons I stick to my training programs to the tee, rarely wavering from my designated workout for the day. In fact the most modifying I have done in my training thus far (not counting these two skipped days of training) had been switching workouts from one day to the next day to accommodate a work event or another commitment that prevented me from training that particular day. I’m not sure why I choose to train this way, I guess I’m just more methodical in my training. I also just don’t feel comfortable tweaking my training plans yet. Most of my running friends say “I listen to my body and I know what I need to do to maintain a good training program and finish the race”. I always ask, “how do you KNOW”? I guess the brunt of the problem is I don’t know how or when to listen to my body. I like being told what to do (this is the only instance!) So I guess my latest running predicament is a good lesson for me in being more in tune with my body and giving it a rest. I have been training pretty hard…
I am still a little concerned that if I am not able to complete the last week and a half of my training program all of my hard work will be tossed out the window, despite everyone telling me that is false. We’ll see.
Tomorrow is my actual rest day per the plan. I intend to be cautious and take the third day of rest, but I am fully expecting to be able to do my 12 mile run on Saturday aka my last long run before the race next weekend. But I do know that if I feel any pain during this run I should stop running immediately.
For you runners out there, have you ever experienced an injury during training for a race? How did you decide to cope and heal?