Friday, August 15, 2008

The Death of a 14 Miler

I was supposed to run 14 miles today.  Instead, I went on a 2.7 mi run.  Nothing fast, nothing fancy.  My leg is definitely not 100%.  I was looking at a calendar and realized I have a half marathon in 2 weeks.  I wasn't planning on racing this at all so nothing lost at this point.  I was going to carry my camera and take pictures with all of the characters at Disneyland.  I was even going to tack on an extra 3 miles before the race for my long run that week.  So I was planning on having a good time and still intend to do so (not the extra 3 miles bit, though).

This coming week I'm going to stick to low mileage, low intensity runs and see how my leg holds up.  Hopefully I can get back in the pool, too.  I'm not too optimistic about the 50K in November right now.  I'm not sure I'll be up to doing 20 mi long runs in 5 weeks.  Looking back, I'm pretty sure it was the increased intensity that caused all these problems.  I was doing long back-to-back runs in preparation for the Goofy Challenge and completed 2 marathons in 7 weeks all without any problems.  Throw in some intervals and my leg falls apart.

The thing I'm mainly concerned about at this point is the San Jose Half Marathon in October which was going to be my PR attempt.  We'll see what happens, I guess.  I also have to make sure I'll be able to run the Nike Woman's Half (planned to do this as a training run) two weeks later so can't totally trash my leg at San Jose.  That's good.  It'll keep me on the straight and narrow.

So more stretching, icing, and rolling coming up.  My shin wasn't 100% during today's run but it isn't bothering me more since the run so that's a good sign.  Can walk 100% without pain now, too.  Fingers crossed...


bunnygirl said...

I'm sorry you're still on the injured list. Do take it easy. There will be other races. Look into getting some kinesio tape and a taping manual. Kinesio tape has been a sanity-saver for me!

losangelesdaze said...

I hope your injury heals soon! Maybe I should give you some of my ibuprofen as I cannot seem to handle it too well! I got the black-turquoise running skirt. I really want the blue to be a pretty pastel light blue, but I doubt it will be that.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh boy troubles! It is sure frustrating to have races planned and the body ain't willing!

Best to heal, then run, not vice-versa! Even if it takes a long time. There are always races!!!

When I was recuperating for many months, I volunteered at some runs ... traffic control, parking, finish line, ... fun and a different perspective!

ShirleyPerly said...

Oh man, I know how you feel being injured when you have big races coming up. I've bailed on all the shorter races I had planned in July & August in hopes of being ready for my big ones end of Sep, Oct & Nov. The main thing is to get healed up first. Best of luck to you!