I just recently registered for a marathon. My very first. I am absolutely terrified.
I’ve been running everyday with a couple of 10ks thrown in and my body has started to feel it. Each run over the past week was filled with painful steps and my shins would literally throb with pain. I’ve been icing and foam rolling but I haven’t been resting. Because I signed up to do the Runner’s World Run Streak, I kept running. Even when I knew I was probably making my shin issues worse. Because I’m smart and stubborn like that. However, once I actually registered for the marathon I began to come to my senses.
I want to start my marathon training as injury free as possible. I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to continue not having rest days, especially given that I didn’t rest after my races. Even though I want to run every day, what I want more is to respect my marathon training and to train hard, strong and smart. So I decided that I would scrap my run streak, give myself a day off of running (don’t worry, I still worked out) and attempt to rest my poor aching shins.
While it can be hard to take a step back, sometimes it’s the best thing to do. I’m starting my marathon training soon (just building a good base now) and I want to be as healthy as possible when I start. In this case, my training really is a marathon, not a sprint.
Have you ever had to force yourself to take a step back in your training?