I’ve had quite a few people ask me this question over the last week. Where to from here? What do you do now? What a shame after all that training!
Obviously, the fact that I couldn’t complete my half marathon last Sunday is upsetting. And of course, I’ve had highs and lows all week of being super frustrated and then being super proud of all the training I put in to get where I am right now anyway. And I have been so very lost over the last week without any solid training plan to follow. Completely and utterly lost and confused. Do I need to exercise? Can I have an afternoon nap instead? How about I eat that cake over there and forget I was meant to exercise today? SO VERY LOST.
Happily though, last weekend’s half marathon was not the only half marathon ever to be run around these parts. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I really want to do over the last week. And 100% I can say, without a second thought, that I want to run another half marathon as soon as I possibly can. I want to achieve the goal that has been my focus for so much of this year.
Sadly, a little subluxed cuboid in my right foot (sidenote: saying subluxed cuboid out loud is fun! and makes me feel a bit clever. Not in a look! look at what my stupid clever foot did way though. not at all. More a I know medical terms kind of way. This got awkward and embarrassing quickly.) has thrown yet another spanner in the works. So I can’t just up and run a half this weekend by myself and DIY time it and be happy and merry with that. Currently, and this is going off my podiatrist telling me I’ll be able to run again in a week and a half, I’m aiming for my next half on the 28th of April. That will give me the chance to get in two long runs before the half just to, you know, ensure that I still remember how to run long distances. In the back of my mind I have to be realistic, and I know I might go back to my podiatrist in a week and a half and he will say “you need more rest”. But I am hoping with all of my being and good luck that this will not be the case.
All of this means I need to seriously buckle down with my training over the next week. And realise that even though I can’t run, my cardio fitness does not have to suffer. I will row, I will bike, I will crossfit. I am so very determined to not let this injury get me down. To not let this injury get my fitness down. So let’s go!! Half marathon training - the slightly injured, slightly unplanned, super awesome edition.