I ran the Urban Cow Half Marathon this last weekend. This is the race I have been training for over the past 12 weeks and have been looking forward to since last year. I had a few setbacks but still had a great race.
About a month ago, I went on a camping trip and had a few cigars. Biggest mistake I could have made. It made it hard to breathe on my runs for a few weeks. Then a week later I started to develop back pain and a 5 day migraine. After seeing the doctor and getting some medicine, I could start to train again. I had lost some speed on my faster runs and felt more fatigued than prior to my camping trip.
Two weeks before my race, I started to develop Achilles tendonitis in my left leg. I tried to train through it but it kept getting worse. With a week to go, I stopped running. I was icing my Achilles tendon and hoped it would resolve the issue. I ran the Wednesday before my race and the pain was still there even though I had started to get some of my speed back.
I decided to not run until my race. I took 600 mg. of Ibuprofen three times a day. I also iced and used a heating pad on my leg for the next three days. The night before the race my leg felt a little better, but would it hold up for 13 miles?
I took Ibuprofen before the race and used compression sleeves on my legs. I stretched before the race and felt good. I started the race a little slower than I wanted because I didn’t want to stress the injury too much. I picked up the speed after the first mile. I tried to catch the 1:55:00 pace group and ended up passing them about half way through the race.
The result was a new PR. My previous best was a 1:59:02. I finished this race in 1:55:00. I was very pleased with the results, especially after all of the setbacks over the past month. I had no pain during the race and felt great until the last half mile where I started to run out of energy. The Achilles tendonitis came back with a vengeance the night of the race, but I have time to rehab it now.
I knew that if I pushed myself that I could overcome my obstacles. I did not finish where I wanted to when I started my training plan 12 weeks ago, but you have to reevaluate as you go. To still PR being injured makes me feel great. If you have a setback in your training, just push though and don’t let your mind stop you from reaching your goals. You might have to tweak your goals a little, but there is nothing wrong with that.
What are some of the biggest obstacles that you have overcome in your running and how has that helped you to become a better runner?