In the fall, a workout buddy of mine convinced me to do the Dolphin Challenge for the Shamrock race weekend. On a runner’s high after my fall races, I excitedly agreed to it.
I had no idea what I was getting into.
Fast forward to present day…Shamrock is 3 weeks away and I can’t remember the last long run I did.
A few weeks ago my runner’s knee flared up and I opted out of my long runs in favor of cross training (mostly swimming). I know it’s from pushing my body past my limits. I thought I increased my mileage slowly and was allowing proper recovery time, but my body is telling me otherwise.
I felt really good, ran a few easy miles and got terrible shin splints. Then I got sick for a week and did nothing.
I know now that it was a mistake to couple my first half marathon with the 8k and do the Dolphin Challenge. You live and you learn.
I’m still developing my plan for Shamrock. I may opt to walk the 8k with some of my walking friends. My goal is just to finish my first half. It’s so frustrating and humbling at the same time.
It’s been a good learning experience.
Have you ever gotten injured right before a big race? Have you ever felt completely unprepared?