I'm trying to remember this as I get ready for Lakefront Marathon on Sunday.
Up until a week and a half ago, the plan for the race was to average 9:00 min/mile for the first 20 miles, then pick up the pace over the final 10k for a sub-4:00 finishing time. I was confident I could execute this plan without a problem and even took it a bit for granted. After all, I told myself I had 60-mile weeks, speedwork sessions, four 20-mile runs and a 22-mile run under my belt!
But that type of overconfidence led to a hamstring injury at the Alpine Races Half Marathon. I took an entire week off from running and spent my time rehabbing the area the best I could. It involved a lot of icing, foam rolling, using The Stick, stretching and massaging. This week I've been able to run a few slow, easy pace miles so it seems the worst of the injury is in the past.
The Grid and I are now besties :)
That being said, the old marathon race plan is out of the question at this point. I got a green light from a physical therapist to participate in the race as long as I follow a revised plan that includes a very conservative 10:00 min/mile pace and walking any steep downhills. I will also take a quick stretch break every few miles and walk as needed. For additional support, I'll wear compression tights and warm my muscles up using a heat pad prior to the race start.
This is a completely different race than I imagined during my summer and fall training runs. I'm still not sure I'll be able to finish the race, but at this point I'm just happy to get to the start line.
From my coworker, James :)
I've always said that I'm willing to do what it takes to do this marathon. I certainly didn't think it would mean running a lot slower and walking - but life is about adjusting to change and I'm going to make the best of it. My time goal is out the window so instead of focusing on pace, I'll focus on how right it feels to run at all. It's something I won't ever take for granted again.
Share time: What was your first marathon experience like? Also, has anyone else ever started a race while recovering from an injury?
Just three days til the big day!