On October 16th, I had planned to run the Grand Rapids Half Marathon. I was excited to make this goal and I spent all summer preparing for a PR. I had a plan, I worked hard, and I really thought that this half marathon was in the bag.
Unfortunately, life does not always go as planned. Around the time of my wedding, my training began to slip a little. Life got real busy, real fast. Planning a wedding and all the festivities that entailed took up way more time and energy than I had originally planned for. When the wedding was over and I began to ante up my training, I began to have horrible knee pain in my left knee. My mileage took a nose-dive. It was too painful to put in the long miles. Then I found out that my mother has lung cancer, and for a couple of days there all I wanted to do was curl up and veg out. My heart felt (still feels) broken.
I have taken the last week off of running to give my knee a rest. I have also allowed myself to take some downtime. No plans or training guides. No group runs or commitments. Just time to spend by myself and be.
I am not going to lie. It has been nice. I know that not only did my body need that rest, but my mind did too.
I am not sure where to go from here, but I do know that I am craving the routine of running and my body sure wants the stamina that I had this summer back. My last ‘long run’ was 14 miles and that was about a month ago. My mileage pretty much nose-dived after that and even though I did lots of 3-4 mile runs in the past month, I feel as though I am nowhere near where I was. I want to get back to that place!
After taking this past week off, I was itching to get out of work today and lace up my running shoes. It was a BEAUTIFUL day in southwest Michigan! I also wanted to rock my new running shirt that came in the mail yesterday from Ali over at Ali On The Run. (She is a running rock star who is competing in her very first marathon this weekend! She is raising money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. If you have yet to- which I am sure that you have- visit her site, order one of these amazing shirts, and give her some love!)
I noticed that my lungs need some work! I was huffing and puffing a few minutes into my run. The good news is though that my knee seems to be doing much better. YAY!
I am feeling confident that I will be back up to some solid long runs in no time. I do not think that I will be ready for the Grand Rapids Half Marathon in time though and I am ok with that (well kinda, I do have moments of frustration). Tomorrow I am going to research a couple of smaller races that I can do to help me get back on track.
Have you ever had a set back that kept you from a planned race or goal? How did you deal?