I’ve officially completed 4 months of half marathon training but I wish I could say things have gone well.
If I had to sum it it up I would probably use the word disappointment, but with out too many spoilers I’ll let you read on.
Week 1: I started out the first week of April very strong. I’ve really started to like running – I enjoy the mental and physical challenge, and I’ve gotten into some good habits with actually getting out and running. At the end of the week I felt some odd minor pain in my right lower leg – sort of on the inside, midway up but nothing too bad.
Week 2: I continued to feel some pain in my leg but I ran anyway – about midweek I noticed it get worse. It only hurt when I ran but the amount of pain on impact was worrisome. I managed to get out for all my scheduled runs but I couldn’t make the distance that I wanted because of the pain.
Week 3: The pain I had been feeling seemed different than anything I had before so I decided to take a week off from running to see if that helped. I still fit in a yoga class and maybe too much walking during my active commute to work.
Week 4: I took the week off from running again because I still had some pain Monday morning while I was running up the stairs at work. I still did a strength workout and a flow yoga class. This week I happened to have a routine doctors appointment scheduled and when I talked with her about my leg pain she was quite convinced it was shin splints. She basically said not to run until the pain was gone – then start with walking.
Total April km: 36.7km
April Pace: 8:03/km
I’m so disappointed that I let myself get injured. I really thought I had approached my training really smartly – my runs were always reasonably distanced and paced, I invested in new shoes, and tried to concentrate on improving my form while I ran. I know I’m not the first person that this has ever happened too and I know I won’t be the last but it still stings.
I haven’t made any decisions about dropping out or moving down a distance for the half marathon – I am still about 6 weeks out from my scheduled race. My plan is to take it day by day and not to get too excited or worked up about it. Upon advice from Ange I’m working on getting in some additional strength training to help create some supportive leg muscles and I’m going to try out a run in the first week of May – maybe even today – to see how things are feeling.
I’m hoping I have better news to report next month but if I don’t, it’s really ok. Running this particular half marathon is not the only reason I decided to run a half marathon. There will always be another half marathon to run and I would rather train properly, without injury, than try and hustle through something and possibly injure myself more.
Let’s chat – Have you ever been disappointed by injury? What are your favourite ways to fit in a workout when you can’t run?
Today I’m linking up with Jill Conyers for Fitness Health and Happiness.