4 Bridges: Runner’s Blues

If you follow Brown is the New Pink, you may have noticed that I didn’t post my weekly half marathon training plan. I have been training for the 4 Bridges Half Marathon for the past 2+ months, and I am incredibly bummed to say my ability to race it is now up in the air.

A few weeks ago I started having trouble with my right foot. I have a history of plantar fasciitis, and it has returned. It can be painful, especially in the mornings, but it’s manageable with lots of ice and stretching. Then last Sunday I went out for my long run and had to stop after 5 miles due to intense pain in my left calf. I actually had to call Derek to pick me up because I was hobbling around on the trail. I’m guessing it’s a calf strain likely caused by me compensating for the problems with my right foot. (Something similar happened with my left IT band when I ran cross-country in high school.) I stretched and iced and rested during the week. No training runs.

This weekend I ran 1 easy mile on Saturday, and things went well. I was feeling hopeful that I could resume training. However, I made it less than 1 mile on Sunday before I experienced the same intense pain in my left calf. Unfortunately, it seems worse than last week. I limped around at work today because it hurts to walk, much less run.

I am frustrated and heavyhearted. I was really excited about completing my 3rd half marathon, and now I’m not even sure that I’ll be able to run it. I’m less than 2 weeks out from the race, and I haven’t been able to train for the last 2 weeks due to injuries. I will continue to rest, ice, and stretch, but my ability to complete 13.1 miles feels very uncertain now. I’ve put a lot of hard work into training, and I would hate not to be able to achieve the goal I’ve been working toward for months.

At the end of the day, I know it’s just a race. There will be others. But today, I’m just bummed.

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