Some of you may recall that I have a 5k this weekend and a 15k at the beginning of December.
Some of you may also recall that my hip/groin area has been acting kind of funky lately, and it has been causing me a lot of pain when I attempt to run more than like a mile…
Well, I think it is in my best interest that I make the decision to kind of take the focus away from both of these races in order to allow myself to heal and be prepared to train for the marathon I am running in May.
What I mean by that is that, if I have to walk them, I will walk. My parents are walking the 5k this weekend, so it would be nice to spend some time with them. Plus, it is through Christmas lights, so it would be rather enjoyable.
My main focus is completing the marathon at this point, and if that means doing a few months of cross training in order to let my body recuperate and heal, then so be it.
This big epiphany came while I was attempting to run on the treadmill today. I don’t have to kill myself to attempt to finish these races. It would be nice to be able to continue exercising at the same pace so that I can try and fit back into my jeans, but I should just face it that this is my weight. I lose a few pounds and it all comes right back. But that’s another story for another day.
I hope that this is the right decision for myself right now. This also gives me the opportunity to enjoy my family this weekend because I am not going to be able to go home for Thanksgiving!
Have you ever taken focus off of a race in order to focus on another race or to allow your body to heal?
Do you think that I am making a wise decision?