I’m sad to say I may have to drop out of the marathon I have planned for March 4. Really sad.
I’ve been training hard and had my heart and soul in this since November 1. My left shin pain keeps talking to me. And now the top of my left foot is talking. Amazing how our nerves and tendons are connected. Actually, before the shin pain became noticeable, my left foot occasionally felt stiff with a dull ache. I’ve had a couple of bouts of rest, convinced myself that I was better and have hit the pavement again. This week I’ve only run once (4 miles on Tuesday) and haven’t run since.
Maybe I should cut back to the half marathon, rest until March 4, keep active through yoga and other ways, and embrace the half marathon the best I can.
I wasn’t looking to win or break any records through the full marathon. I’ve run five half marathons and felt it was time to up the ante. I knew (and know) I could do it. I have the determination, the will power, the fitness capacity and the endurance. Early in my running hobby, an experienced marathoner told me getting to the start line is the hardest part. I nodded and went on with my half marathon training. Now I know exactly what she meant. Finishing the race is a breeze compared to the months of training leading up to that “Ready, Set, Go!”
I made the mistake of not springing for new shoes in the beginning of my marathon training three months ago. I had put a lot of miles on those old shoes, and they were worn out. After running 15 miles in them, the pain set in. I got new shoes a week later and continued on with my training schedule.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet. Maybe if I get some more rest, everything will be ok and I can continue to reach my marathon goal. Here’s hoping.