Once again I seem to be trying to #runallthemiles at one time and it is not doing my body any good.
My calendar for the past few weeks:
October 25 – Marine Corps Marathon – met my A goal, plus some!
October 31 – Anthem Wicked 10K and Monster Mile
November 8 – Across the Bay 10K – massive PR with a sub-9 average
November 11 – Cross Country Trail Half Marathon – 2 minute PR
November 14 – Rock n Roll Las Vegas 5K – 2 minute “official” PR (but not according to my Garmin)
November 15 – Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon – Very tough race with rain, high winds, and extreme cold. Slowest non-trail half in 2 years.
That, my friends, is a lot of running.
After the half on November 11, my left hip started to hurt. It was feeling better when I would stretch and roll it but, on Sunday, it hurt non-stop during the race and affected my gait. Add in lingering right knee/IT band problems and, well, I need to rethink my spring plans before I cripple myself.
I am supposed to be in week 2 of training for the Asheville Marathon right now but I have decided to defer to 2017. It was going to be my “goal” race but, MCM was so amazing, I’m not sure I can top it right now – especially going in to training injured. By dropping that race, that allows me another 3 1/2 weeks of “easy” running/cross training before I begin training for the Roanoke Blue Ridge (Foot Levelers? what the heck is the name of the race?) Marathon. Considering that is going to be a very difficult race up a freakin’ mountain, I would rather not be totally incapacitated when I hit the start line.
So, what am I going to do for 3 1/2 weeks? Not run for the rest of this week (gasp!), and then add in more cross training with short, easy runs. I’m actually looking forward to a bit of a break. I think it will do my body, and spirit, good.