Normally, Monday is when I post my weekly training recap and highlights, but obviously this is a very different kind of post.
As an ambassador for the All American Marathon, I was supposed to run the Mike to Mike Half Marathon yesterday. Those who know me in real life know I did not make the trip or run the race.
Last Monday, I saw a sports medicine doctor for hip pain. My right hip has bothered me off and on for a week or two, especially when getting out of chairs or the car. My hip wasn’t painful when running, but I wanted to rule out any fractures or major injuries before Catch the Leprechaun and Peyton’s Wild and Wacky 5K. Knowing both race directors, I was prepared to pull the plug and opt to volunteer for those races. The doctor said I was fine to run, sent me to PT, and wished me good luck in my races (I ran both races).
I visited the physical therapist the day after the Catch the Leprechaun 5K. I left the office with tons of stretches, strengthening exercises, and foam rolling exercises, which I now perform daily. I have issues with my tensor fascia latae and piriformis. I discussed my training and racing schedule with the physical therapist, and she said running was fine.
My hip isn’t broken, strained, or sprained, and I ran five days last week. Although my highest mileage week was 46.5 miles and I never completed a long run of more than 12 miles in the training cycle, I was in shape to run a half marathon. Two medical professionals even said it would be okay.
However, I wasn’t comfortable with driving to Fayetteville (four hours each way) on a wonky hip, running a 13.1 mile race, and risking injury or setbacks.
I respect the half marathon distance, and I also respect my body. After my ill-fated marathon in 2013, I won’t do a race I’m not prepared for, physically and mentally. There will always be more runs and races, and surely I am not the first race ambassador who missed the race, nor will I be the last.
Side note, if you are injured and a doctor tells you not to run, please do not run. Running against your doctor’s wishes is not hardcore. It’s unhealthy and sets a bad example for beginner runners and anyone else who may look up to you, including children. I won’t run injured- but I will get on my family and friends’ last nerves the whole time because I’m unable to run (as I did for seven weeks last summer after my stress reaction diagnosis).
In the end, it is just running- and it will always be there.
Many of my friends and blog readers ran the All American Marathon races- and I want to congratulate all of them, including Terrylynn, Erica, Krystal, Liz, Gary, Jim, Melissa, Ed, Monique, and anyone else I may have forgotten (oops). If you want to run a spring marathon or half marathon in North Carolina, definitely check out the All American Marathon in Fayetteville/Fort Bragg. Eric, the race director, and his staff were very kind and supportive to the race ambassadors and put a lot of time, effort, and love into the event. It’s a great organization and hopefully I can run the race in the future.
As far as training goes, I’m taking it day by day. I’ve decreased my mileage, but I ran 30 miles last week, along with a BodyPump class, a yoga class, and PT exercises. I hope to race the Cooper River Bridge Run this Saturday, although I won’t hesitate to back down if something feels off this week. It’s a big running event for Charleston, so I’m hoping to just have a fun time, regardless of the finish time.