How was everyone’s weekend??
I’m ready to tell you what I was training for…
In January I started gettin the bug for a big race and looked for a half. My first half was a horrible and wonderful experience. (You can read aout it here.) I was so excited for that race and trained and ate and did what I thought were all the right things. However, due to what I’m thinking is poor runninig form, I thought I was going to have to saw my leg off at the end of it. If there had been a first aid tent, I would not have finished the race. I had horrible IT Band problems during and after. I worked with my trainer friend on my legs and I’ve been able to run races from 3-5 miles since then with no problems, but I wanted more! So I started training for the Great Bay Half.
Last Sunday and the Sunday before, I did 6 miles on the treadmill. I also have been really good about speed workouts, tempo runs, and strength training. I wanted to do this RIGHT so I wouldn’t hurt myself again. Last Sunday, late afternoon, my hip started bothering me. Not IT Band pain, but a achey hip/lower back pain. I took it easy for a few days thinking that I needed some rest. At the end of the week, I was still in pain, so I contacted my friend. After some email exchanges and a frantic phone call (started with “please please please please please don’t tell me to stop running. Please.”) He said “You know, Michelle. There’s a distinct possibility that your body is not suited for distance running.”
When I picked myself up off the floor, he continued to tell me that I don’t necessarily have to stop running, but I will have to do many corrective exercises so I don’t tear my body apart for it. He specializes in injury prevention and rehab, and I completely trust him to help me, especially after his help with my IT Band.
My hip/lower back are still in pain, I haven’t run in almost a week. I am all about listening to my body and its talkin to me loud and clear right now. I’m going to try a few miles tonight. But I have made a decision to not push it and stop training for the half. I had not signed up yet (universe? were you telling me something?) so there’s no $ lost. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t really bummed out about it.
I DO still have the Wild Rover races coming up, starting this weekend, and I’m really excited about those!
Have you ever had to back out of something you really wanted to do?