Race day is frighteningly close. We have just one long run left this weekend, then a shorter run next week and then it’s time for another half-marathon. I’m more nervous about this race now than I have been this whole time.
It all started with a long run this past Saturday. As you know, I’ve been trying to catch up on my training. My couch recommended that I cut back on some of the running, since I’ve been having a few issues, and to focus more on some strength training. (Let me just say how much more difficult that is than I thought it would be. You’re training for a half-marathon, so you think you’re in shape… then you do strength training and sadly realize you are not.) I’ve been doing that several times a week, in between running and trying to get in some cross-training, as well.
I can honestly say that I haven’t kept in as good overall shape in this one than I did for the Vegas race. I just haven’t been as motivated. I think it’s due in large part to not really having someone to train with here in Raleigh. Keeping in contact with the group has been great; I’ve had some wonderful friends who have joined me on some runs; preparing for this with my GI doc has been a great experience, too. But in it all, I haven’t had anyone who’s right there with me, cheering me on and working to do this together. I’m realizing how hard this is to do on your own, and my training has shown that.
Still, I made up my mind to get in a 10.5 mile run on Saturday, no matter what pace I kept. I had a friend who joined me for the first half and we out for another run at Umstead Park. Since I didn’t know what I was doing in planning my route, I chose what’s really meant to be a bike track and has some of the steepest hills I’ve ever tried to climb. About a mile and a half in, we realized what a bad idea that was and turned back. It still was a good run, as I was able to do the rest of in on a much better path. And I made it: 10.6 miles and I kept up a 12:24 pace.
I actually was feeling great afterwards. Tired, for sure, but it was a good run and had a good stretch afterwards. Even the next day I felt good. Then yesterday morning, I woke up with a big pain in my leg and hip. I started having these same type of issue that I had come up just before my Vegas race. I’m not even sure if it’s a pulled muscle or what, but it’s been bothering me non-stop for the past two days and hurts when I walk or when I sit or when I stand or when I basically move by any degree in any direction. It has me worried. I feel like I’ve come too far to be sidelined by a stupid issue like this.
I’ve been doing my best to stretch it out over the past two days and to try not to baby it too much. I’m not sure that it’s made much of a difference so far, but I’m hopeful that it will work itself out. I’m planning on heading to the gym in the morning and doing what I can. I’d love to be able to get in a run on the treadmill, but I may have to settle for the elliptical or stationary bike.
There are less than three training weeks left, so I know I can’t lose focus now, but I also have to be careful not to make things worse but pushing myself too hard.