Waving the White Flag

I can be a fairly stubborn person. Giving up on things I’ve willingly decided to do isn’t my style. I certainly do not like giving up early in the game. I get frustrated when something doesn’t go right and then that starts to turn into worry about disappointing people. All of this can be labelled as silly train of thought when it relates to running. Because seriously, my running or not running has no effect on anyone. I’m not an elite (as I laugh) nor does running earn me an income.

As you can probably guess, from both my thoughts above and my #Runchat comments on Sunday: I have decided to no longer train for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. 

There is no way that I can take more time off and properly train for a marathon in less than 10 weeks. If I was a regular marathoner, it might be possible, but I’m not. The issue with my left leg isn’t going away and I’m pretty sure that I would have great difficulty getting any big long runs above 18K in at all. The plan right now is to run the half marathon. I can easily finish a half marathon with a shorter training period and only getting to 16-18K in long runs. I’ve done that before and that was when I was in significantly less shape. Cross training with biking and pool running for a half marathon seems a bit more workable than trying to do those kind of workouts for marathon training. Not training for a marathon does not mean I’m just going to sit on my couch, snacking on my Trader Joe’s chocolate haul. I can easily work out without running.

The earliest I can see my doctor is August 22nd. Hopefully we can get imaging done fairly soon after that, along with a referral to a sports doctor. Then, who knows what will happen! I’m not going to attempt running again until August 31st at the earliest. Except for when I have to run after Max and my little 1K Night race with the little dude on Friday. 100% not running is next to impossible with Max these days. Perhaps I should get my bike out to keep up with him. By the way, Max thinks that ice baths are fun:

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Running the STWM Half Marathon will still be tons of fun. There are plenty of running friends (Carmy, Cathy, Paul) who are running the half. Carmy has also been rocking some injuries lately, so I believe our plan is to slow it down and have fun! Anyone else who wants to join us is totally welcome! If I get some “no running news” from the doctors, then perhaps the 5K or maybe the Canada Running Series people will let me tweet the race 😉 I am going to continue being a STWM Digital Champion and share my thoughts about having to change my running plans. As you know, I also like cheering people on during races. Regardless, I am coming down to Toronto for the marathon weekend. I am determined to still have a fun STWM weekend no matter what I end up doing. Of course I am very disappointed that my leg won’t cooperate. I barely started training for the marathon and was actually looking forward to training for it. But, I would rather not have a tendon rupture – that would be much worse.

For the next few weeks, my “STWM Training” posts on Mondays will be a bit different. I doubt that I will be doing much this week except for some of my PT exercises at home and my 1K Race Recap. But, after a few weeks, I am hoping to turn things around and start talking about half marathon training. Thank you all for all your support!

Have a great Tuesday and I hope some of you can run for me 🙂

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10 Comments

  1. Leanne

    That’s disappointing I’m sure to not be able to run.  Been there 2x when attempting Ottawa Marathon! I ran TO both times after recovering. Great attitude to still participate however you can. Good luck!

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  2. Jane @ 50statecanuck

    Very smart decision!!

    Ummm…any reason you’re not going straight to a sports med doc? I send all my patients to the docs at Carleton Sports Med (I have a specific doc in particular that I like sending them to whose name I can give you), but patients can refer themselves!
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    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      I didn’t know you could do that – yes send me a name please 🙂

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  3. Brittany

    I hope you get all this leg stuff figured out!! Bummer about the race, BUT there will be many more opportunities!

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    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      Me too! Lots of races coming up

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  4. Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure

    🙁 I hope your legs get better soon.
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    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      Me too!

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  5. Cathy

    I think it is a wise decision, and the half can still provide you with an amazing challenge. From a selfish perspective, I get to share my half celebration with you! I think Jane’s advice about a sport’s doctor is great. I didn’t know there was really such a thing. Great idea!
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    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      Woohoo! I’m looking forward to the half! Looks like a pretty great group running it

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  6. Ann-Marie

    Sorry to hear this news but hopefully you can recover in time for the half!!

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