Relunctantly I’ve decided not to run the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday. Over the past week I’ve been hoping that my foot would recover enough for me to run and while it has been getting better it is not 100%. I wrote yesterday that I would stop if it got sore but would I? I’m not sure I would be able to stop. Knowing me I would convince myself it was getting easier and end up running all the way.
I ran the Glasgow Half Marathon with my foot feeling worse than it is now and I didn’t enjoy it. I ran slower than I’d hoped and was struggling the whole way with the soreness in my foot. If I run on Sunday it will be same, struggling through, running a slower time than I’d hoped and then needing another 5-6 weeks to recover.
I spoke to Ian this morning and he was really helpful as always. He made the following points which was really helpful …
# you have nothing to gain and everything to lose
# you wouldn’t think of doing a 26 mile training run with your foot like it is
# the money you have paid should not be a consideration – it’s gone
# better to get fit for next year
# you probably didn’t give yourself long enough to recover after the whw race
It’s always good to bounce your thoughts with someone you respect and as we spoke I realised not running was the best decision to make. I do want to be fit in time for our first whw training run on Saturday 28 November and there are some club cross country races in October I’d like to do.
So we are still going for the weekend. Katrina is running the 10k and so it will be good for me to support Katrina for a change! There are other friends running as well so I’ll enjoy taking some photos and video clips!
I feel it is the right decision and I plan to start running again when my foot is 100% right. I’m also going to be doing all my long runs off road from now on. I can tell you that is no hardship as I love the off road running far more than running on the road!
Finally I enjoyed reading Julien’s report of the Hardmoor 110 ultra race at the weekend. I’ve not met Julien but hope our paths cross at some point. I’m thinking very seriously about doing this next year but that would be four ultra races between April – September. Is that a bit ambitious?
Here is a map of the course (taken from Julien’s blog – hope he doesn’t mind!)