Pulling the plug

Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is to pull the plug on things you were planning to do.  That happened to me this past week.  I haven’t written much since I started training for Ocean Drive Marathon but things haven’t gone according to the script.   Ever since I ran my massive 10K PR in early January my hamstring has been less than cooperative.  I took almost 2 weeks off from running in January in hopes of healing.  However, since coming back I’ve had maybe 2-3 pain free runs.  I can’t do any speed work without pain and have now gotten to the point where my lower back starting to inflame from compensation.  Anyone that has dealt with the hamstring, knows just how frustrating this injury can be.

I ran the Cowtown Half Marathon in Fort Worth, TX last weekend at a slow pace for me (1:53).  That didn’t hurt but it is nothing for where I should be.  I realized on Tuesday that I could “half ass” the marathon and possibly make this worse or take the true time I need to heal up and run Big Sur.  As easy and obvious of  choice as this is, it’s always difficult to actually say this.  I’m not a quitter so this is tough.  However, I’d rather a DNS than a DNF with injury.

So from here?  I’m taking this week completely OFF to let my back calm down and hopefully rest the hamstring a bit.  Next week I’ll begin some cross-training before starting up running again.  I’m going to allow this to completely heal so I can enjoy the spring/summer racing season and hopefully continue to lower some of my PRs:).  3:30 will be there for me in the fall. And you better believe, I’m coming for you!

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3 Responses to Pulling the plug

  1. Celia says:

    omg I am so sorry :( Injury is the worst thing. When I was injured awhile back I was stubborn and probably made thing worse resulting in no running for months and tons of lost running fitness. It was so hard and frustrating to get back to where I was at that point. You are definitely being smart by playing it conservative! Sub 3:30 will definitely be waiting for you:)

  2. Rebecca says:

    That’s got to be so frustrating, but it sounds like you are doing the right thing. I pushed a hamstring too far many years ago and it took me a full 4-5 years to consistently run pain free again. Can’t wait to see what you do in the fall, you are due for an amazing marathon!

  3. Sorry to hear!! That sucks.

    But you are doing the right thing- much better to rest and fully recover now, than run a half hearted race and possibly DNF. You will come back stronger and smash your times :)

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