Last week on the day I injured my left calf, I had just emailed my running clinic instructor to set my mid training goals. Nothing special. Just a few distractions to help stay focused and redirect some anxiety from the big event. (Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon on October 20th)
I committed to ensuring I would stretch and use my foam roller after every training run. (This is going well.) I committed to not eating any fried foods for the next two weeks. (This too is going very well.) I stated that I would ensure I get in every training run no matter what. (Yeah, well we all know what injuries are like.)
When my instructor emailed me back to comment on my goals, I had since become injured and feeling heartbroken about potentially needing to give up my half. He said to ease back into training. To make sure I go the required distance for each run even if it means needing to slow to a walk.
Tonight I headed to the treadmill for a 4 KM tempo run. It should have taken 26 minutes but I stead it took 30. Not a great result but I did go the distance.
It’s really quite crappy when you need to ease off from trying to achieve something great. I’m a go getter and this injury is a challenge for me to handle. My calf is better every day but its not where I need it to be.