This is probably the biggest challenge for runners especially when it comes to injury. Ever since MiniE was born I’ve been battling one particular injury. It’s not fun, it’s not glamorous but it’s there. Quite frankly it’s a pain in the butt. I hadn’t had any issues recently until after Sunday’s long run. Then Monday it was back. It’s frustrating and it’s threatening my half marathon on Sunday.
I don’t want this to be a “woe is me” post but damn..I really hate to be injured.
For three days now I’ve been thinking about my options:
1. Don’t run – yes this would be the reasonable thing to do but I wouldn’t be a true runner if I didn’t think about the other, less responsible options.
2. Ignore the injury – the polar opposite of option 1 but you know I had to consider it.
3. Race but take it easy – this might mean walking 99% of the race and that is just as hard to swallow as option 1.
There has only been one other time that I didn’t complete a race I signed up for and it still stings thinking about it. Oddly enough it was this exact race two years ago. Turns out October is just not a good month for me. The picture above was taken 4 years ago as I sat on the table at physical therapy.
I know what I should do but it’s still hard to deal with. So I just want to know, what do you tell yourself to make not racing “ok”?