The last few weeks have been pretty frustrating for me with my training. I was down and out with a head cold for most of one week as well I have been having some issues with my hip/leg. Well actually, apparently my #6 & 7 rib is out of line which is causing issues with my hip flexors. The saying “shit runs downhill” is true for this injury. I think this is an old injury from my 2015 Tough Mudder in Whistler which is continuing to cause me some grief. (But yes I am still doing Tough Mudder again this year, no I don’t learn, it’s way too much fun)
It’s been frustrating for me because I am doing the VIRA series which consists of 7 races, one of which is a half marathon. I have a race every second weekend which between that and my injury is making those long distance runs harder to get in so I can build up properly for the half marathon. When I think about my last half marathon clinic with Frontrunners and how they slowly they built up the distances, it makes me pretty nervous for this one because I haven’t been able to build slowly which probably isn’t helping with my injury either. I feel like I need to make a decision, do I focus on the shorter races and just go out to do the half to finish and not worry about my time or do I sacrifice the shorter races, back off a bit, and focus on building up my distance so I can PB my half. This will only be my second half marathon so I think I instantly put pressure on myself to do better than the last one. To even think I can back off on my shorter races to save my legs for the distance runs probably isn’t realistic for me. Ahhhh!! I put so much pressure on myself but I also need that pressure to keep myself always moving forward and training towards something. So frustrating at sometimes!
So for me I am trying to keep up to my regular routine as much as possible but I am finding I am constantly having to stray from the plan to accommodate my injury. Today was the first day in almost a week I went to yoga, say what? I know, this place is my place that I go daily; to reset, restore and unwind. Today reminded me of how much I need this and how much I need to make it work into my schedule no matter how busy, sore or sick I am.
Now when I read back on this blog and think to myself about my dilemma I laugh. At least I am not sitting on the couch, which is where I would have been a couple years previous. These are great problems to have and I always need to remember that I am still fairly new to running and it’s going to take some time. A seasoned runner will probably read this and think, “girl toughen up”, but for me I am still learning on how to make it all work without making myself so messed up that I am not able to run at all. It was just a year ago that I started the TC10K run clinic now I am having “real” runner issues.
All that aside, I need to figure out what I am going to focus on. I really want to do all the races in the series, which includes the half marathon so dropping any of them is not an option. But I do need to decide where I want to focus, speed or distance? Going into 2016 I said I wanted to focus on my speed. I have definitely been doing that but the injury and distance runs are slowly creeping into mess that up. Do I accept it, do I make a change to my training or do I make a change to my goals? I need to decide, I have a 16k training run scheduled for this weekend and an 8K race for the following weekend. 🙂