Some of you may be wondering how my progress has been on training for the full Memorial Marathon here in Oklahoma City. A few weeks ago I wrote about The Joys of Running…and slightly injuring my knee. At that point I realized that if I didn’t take some serious time off from running, my left knee and right leg were not going to recover. I decided to take a week off and jog a few miles during the week just to see how my legs felt. However the pain in my legs continued to get worse with each long run.
I think it struck me when I was reading an email from the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon about how part of being able to run in the marathon is training and actually being able to make it to the start line injury-free. Since the marathon training plan was upping our mileage two miles per week, I knew there would not be the time off I needed to recover.
So I made the decision not to run in the marathon this spring. The deciding factor for me was that I might not be able to run again if I continued to train on injured legs. And I decided that I would rather be able to run a few miles a few times a week over running a marathon once and possibly not being able to run again.
During these weeks I’ve taken off from doing long runs, I’ve remembered how to rest. And I’ve allowed my mind and body to recover. I actually took a week or two off from even running at all. I felt with the marathon training that I was beginning to dread one of the things that brings so much joy to my life. And my attitude was suffering. So in the weeks since my rest, I’ve been working my way back into running and listening to my body. If my legs are hurting, I take a few extra days off to allow them to recover before going back out. During this time, I’ve been able to remember why I love running.
Photos by Marilyn Nimz