Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I have 6 weeks left of training before my half marathon September 5th in Bristol. The problem is I haven't gone longer than a 5 miler due to the hip and foot problems I've been having lately. My first appointment with a GP (or doctor) is this Friday and hopefully the lady will refer me to a specialist in lower back/hip pain or to a sport doctor who has dealt with these issues in runners.
There is no option to quit or just not do the race. It's in my mind and once there it's hard to erase. So, in the meantime I have decided to up the cross training big time. Spinning three times a week on top of 2 lifting sessions and if i am luck 2-3 runs with one long run on Sunday's is the plan of action. As long as I can hit a 10 miler before the half and keep my endurance up I know mentally I can do because the first half of the race is run on pure adrenaline and the second half of wanting to finish and have a beer (or at least this is how I run these things).
Anyone who has run a half or full marathon or done any other distance racing will tell you the worst part is the training. Period. I mean who wants to go to bed at a decent time on the weekends just so you can get up on a Saturday or Sunday morning to go for a "quick 10-12 miler" before starting your day? Drinking is curb dramatically as running hungover is not a pleasant experience. Once I get into the marathon training, which happens right after I finish my half, I will be working up to 10 milers during the week with 18-20 mile long runs on the weekend. That shit doesn't sound like fun to me. But the rewards outweigh the pain and to get my body into a shape that I can complete the training makes the actual race day a hell of a lot easier on my mind and body.
But first things first - I'll see what this NHS business is all about and try and get my hip sorted. I need rehab - I know that much but I don't want to keep guessing what kind and paying for things I just don't really like (pilates) or going to people who say I just shouldn't run (like the osteopath) or to plain dumbasses (like the physio). Yoga would be good but I can't put pressure on my right shoulder anymore (pain in the ass really). So, off to the doctor I go... I'll let you know what happens next.