Last week’s half marathon damaged me in more ways than one. My foot ached so bad by the end I spent the rest of that day and the next two days limping. I earned a nice pink sunburn and some exquisite chafing in some areas I will not enumerate. I would not have physically been able to finish, had last weekend been marathon day. In addition the the physical damage, the race was one of two half marathons in a span of three weeks where my performance was much slower than I had anticipated.
All in all it left me with…
And (probably worst of all), a damaged ego.
When this happens you just have one choice. Quit. Just give up. Throw in the towel. Who needs it anyway? Lots of people live perfectly healthy happy lives without running a marathon! That was my exact outlook four days ago. I cried at my kitchen table and told my husband I was out. I was done. I didn’t need this.
He wouldn’t accept it. He told me the truth – I was being stupid. He knows me well enough to explain what the ultimate future of this decision would mean. With nothing to train for and look forward to, I would stop running. Running has been my go to stress relief for the past two years and I would lose out on this happiness.
He pointed out the positives: I had an adventure with my longtime BRF and made a new running friend this past weekend. I achieved Half Fanatics status. I tried new foods and new things. I had a fun weekend in a new city. Things I wouldn’t have done without the race.
After lots of tears (and snot – it wasn’t pretty), I realized he was right. To give up on training would mean giving up on running, racing and all that comes with it.
So I spent last week regrouping, reevaluating and rallying.
I saw the doctor on Thursday. Diagnosis = plantar fasciitis (not a stress fracture!).
Over the weekend I found a great coach and am starting a new running plan tomorrow. The plan I was using was great for building speed but I need to turn my focus to true endurance to get ready for this marathon.
It was a rough week but I am back. I will continue to run. I run to race.