When I got injured the first time, I had to cancel or defer my entry to several races. There was the Spring Lake Five, the largest five mile race in the country, and a huge local summer tradition here. And of course there was the Atlantic City Half Marathon, which was to be my first "big" goal.
I am now injured again, but this time I will NOT be cancelling or deferring the races I have already registered for. I have already decided that I will heal and complete these races.
I am not doing this haphazardly or irresponsibly, however.
Of course I want to heal again properly and return to running properly and train properly, under a physician's guidance. But last night I came to terms that while I would love to run these races, I don't necessarily have to. I've seen that races generally have a 16 minute per mile time limit, which is fine for brisk walking
There is a lot of debate about the Galloway method (walk-run) and general walking in these races. If you walk, did you "run" the race? You can't say you "ran" a marathon if you walked part of it, they say
When I started running, I did not want to walk, and a very deep part of me still has the goal of truly "running" a marathon, and "running" Goofy. To each his own, but I will not be personally satisfied until I RUN the entire Goofy.
Here's what we have laid out for the next year or so:
Now through January 2013 -- heal smart, heal responsibly, be patient. When I return to running again, will get gait and form analyzed.
March 23, 2013 -- Allstate 13.1 Marathon, New York -- I understand that when I heal and recover, there will only be a short time to train for a half marathon, and I want to avoid injury again. The thing is, I realized I can WALK this if I have to!
May 5, 2013 -- New Jersey Marathon -- this is to be my first full marathon. Again, I do not want to get injured. I want to train smart and accelerate mileage only as appropriate. But I can WALK this to if I need to.
(13.1 Marathon + NJ Marathon = NY/NJ Challenge!)
October 13, 2013 -- Atlantic City Half Marathon -- I deferred this from this year. This will simply be a training run for ...
January 11-12, 2014 -- Walt Disney World Goofy's Race and Half Challenge -- That's the half marathon on Saturday, followed by the full marathon on sunday.
This is the point and purpose of this whole blog. And my goal. I see it! I'm there. In my mind, it is accomplished. Thank you.