My Injury Is Getting Better But I’m Still Not Ready For A Half Marathon Race..
Tomorrow marks the Ards Half Marathon which is the race where I really wanted to break my 2 hour half marathon target.
Unfortunately I’m not gonna run it because my leg still isn’t at 100%.
But I’m thankfully on the mend!
In recent days I’ve been walking much easier and the lump is disappearing over my shin.
I’m gonna do my first run on Saturday and just see how it progresses from there. I’m confident I’ll be back to normal by Monday.
The 3 half marathons in 5 days mistake
Since I’m ultimately training for both the Amsterdam and Dublin marathons in October and the back-to-back half marathons in Dublin & Belfast in September, I knew that I had to train at that level to be ready for the challenge.
The problem is that I ran the 3 half marathons at a faster pace than normal.
Lisburn last Wednesday was my 3rd fastest ever half marathon at 2:04:57. My training half marathon on Saturday was my fastest ever half marathon (in 1:58:37)
Then the half marathon on Sunday that resulted in my injury was ran 30 seconds faster than my Lisburn run. It took 2:04:27.
It’s obvious why my body broke
The injury wasn’t a result of the distance, but due to running faster and on hills. I ran them all at my “race pace” and the last one involved 275m of climb.
Not a wise decision.
I came out of the sub 2 hour half marathon full of confidence and ultimately thought I was invincible. The problem with running is that it will always find a way to show you that you do have limits.
Accepting my limits.
There is nothing wrong with running 2 half marathons in 2 days if you take one of the runs easier. The reason I got injured was because I ran both hard.
From here on in I’ll continue to run long distances but at a slower pace and with less hills to ensure I recover well.
Until then all I can do is rest and learn what I can from the last week.
I’m just glad that the leg is getting better!