Here I am one week and a half from the London marathon, and what am I up to.
I haven’t trained for over 3 weeks. Why? I have picked up an injury.
I am really gutted.
I don’t understand why I picked up an injury and why it hasn’t cleared up by now, despite regularly seeing a physio.
Hand on heart I can say that I have been a model marathon runner:
Following a structured 16 week running programme – including recovery runs, weekly speed running sessions, long slow runs
Religiously warming up before and after my runs – even for my short 30 minutes recovery runs
Doing Pilates to maintain my posture and unlock the tension in my legs
Eating healthily – having my vitamins and fish oil tablets; carb loading before my runs
Abstaining from alcohol – well apart from the odd glass of wine
Getting plenty of rest
I even followed the maxim of listening to my body, and not going for a run when I didn’t feel like it.
The last time I ran, I managed to “run” 17.2 miles in 2 hours 54 minutes – Okay not an earth shattering time but my left hip and leg were in agony and so I could only shuffle.
Why oh why is this happening to me?!
I can’t believe after all the time and effort I have invested, the sacrifices I have made, I sit here seriously contemplating pulling out of this year’s marathon.
Whenever I have struggled to find the motivation to run, all I have had to do is to remind myself of the experience and the fun I will have running the marathon especially in an Olympic year!
And now as I sit here writing, that has been taken away from me.
I could still do the marathon (and walk around) but what would be the point?
For me, I want to be able to enjoy the whole experience, and push myself to run the distance in as fast a time that I can possible do. Because of this, walking is not an option.
So what do I do?
Do I become bitter, and ticked off with the injustice of it all or do I reflect back and draw positive lessons from my experience?
I choose the latter.
I choose to celebrate the fact that:
- I ran 17.2 miles
- I can easily run a half marathon distance in less that two hours
- I learnt to be disciplined and focused
- I met lots of really fun people through my running club
- I have toned muscles, and strength
- Running gives me a sense of freedom
I have found a sport which I am good at, and I enjoy.
So as I look forward to the rest of the year, I can’t wait to start running again.