I normally try to be clam with respect to upcoming races and just think, I have fitted in what training I could and I will be ok and I can push on through. But the issue I have right now is that moving house and getting sick derailed my training and not being the smartest guy around, I went against common practice and tried to start back running at the same level.
Well trying to go back to running at full pelt and with too much speed work, bad form from snow and ice and I think possibly new shoes, means I am now having to rest up for a couple of weeks due to injury. It is my own stupid fault but I was concerned I did not have enough mileage for my 100 mile race in March. So now I will have even less through my own stupidity as I now have shin splints.
Runners that run a lot tend to use running as an outlet to relive frustration and to get away from it all. So when you cannot run, you of course see your friends running or virtually via social media which can lead to you being a grumpy runner. I am currently that injured grumpy runner.
So hopefully if these couple of week’s rest cure my injury issues, I then have 6 weeks to train for 100 miles. It’s a hard task for sure and I keep saying to myself, I have the athletic base and the mental grit and I can do this. But then the other part of my brain has the klaxons and flashing lights going and is in full on panic mode, as me and Randi have flights booked, the race is paid for, we are meeting friends down at the race. I need to pull myself together I know, but I have never not started or not finished a race, and I do not want my first hundred to be a failure.
I have had time on my hands resting, so I have been googling doing a 100 miler on low volume training, 6 week training plans etc. I did have a training plan but that went out the window in October and now I am wondering if I can wing it like all my other races. I guess only time will tell.
Friends and other runners have suggested not to sweat and not to panic, but it is hard not to. But now I have written this blog post and put it out there, I’m going to try and focus and be positive. Any time goals I think can be forgotten and the main focus will be to get my first hundred finished.
Some have said better to turn up undertrained but injury free and that makes sense. I wouldn’t want to do 100 miles with shin pain. So I’m going to try and turn up uninjured and when the lack of training makes me falter, I will bring in my mental game and push through the pain and doubt.
I guess I am not the only one to get injured and have self doubt about an upcoming race. But when you have planned for an event for so long, it’s easy to lose focus when you hit setbacks.
In the comments please leave your stories of injury and doubt and how you got through it.