Since then I've had a bit of a setback. Late last week I injured my lower back - I'm not sure if it's a strain or what the problem is - and it's been enough to throw off my training. I can stand and walk just fine but as far as training goes, I've had to change things up a bit. My miles have been slow and obviously speedwork and my favorite Y classes have been out of the question this week.
My beautiful new Kinvaras are itching for some action!
The good news is the pain and discomfort are slowly going away so I know I'll get back to 100 percent as long as I'm smart about recovery. Coach Matt gave me a revised training plan, which involves a very conservative approach these next few days. It's all about safely progressing without messing anything up or prolonging the injury.
But the conservative approach also means decisions need to be made about some upcoming races: the Indoor 5k and Indoor Marathon Relay. Both races are next weekend (5k on Friday and Relay on Saturday). Even if I'm feeling fine by next weekend, Coach Matt and I agreed that the smartest thing to do is to dump at least one of the races to avoid re-injuring anything. So my options are:
- Dump both races. Do easy miles instead.
- Run the 5k and dump the relay.
- Dump the 5k and run the relay.
The pros and cons of each option:
Dump both races
Pros: Minimal strain on my back. Probably the best option for a faster recovery.
Cons: Missing two races - two races that I was really excited about!
Run the 5k and dump the relay
Pros: It's only 11 laps. I can run whatever pace I want because no one else is counting on me. I can also drop out of the race if needed because, again, no one else is counting on me. I won't have to spend a lot of time on my feet.
Cons: Missing the relay and all the fun teammate action.
Dump the 5k and run the relay
Pros: I get to be part of the super fun relay teammate action. I only have to run two laps at a time.
Cons: I have to run a total of 24 laps. Pace will be faster than I should run right now, which could aggravate my injury. I would have to spend a lot of time on my feet between running and waiting.
Last year's team - we won the women's division & had the most fun doing it!
I'm going to see how I feel while running this weekend and on Monday before I make my final decision. I'll admit, there is a really stubborn dumb runner part of me that says I should still do both races. Because it really does kill me to have to skip one or maybe both. However, I'm reminding myself that while fun, these are not goal races. It's early in the year and if I need to skip a race or two, then I need to skip a race or two. There are plenty more opportunities to race in the upcoming months - but only if I can get healthy and train consistently!
Tell me: If you were me, what option would you pick?