I went for a run this morning. It didn’t go well.
My last run was 6 miles this past Saturday. I walked crying from mile 4.5-6 because the pain in my knee was so bad. After several days of rest, foam rolling and icing I decided to go on a short test run this morning to see how my knee was doing. I used 2 minute run/ 30 second walk intervals in hopes that the frequent walks breaks would decrease the stress on my knee and keep the pain at bay.
No such luck. By mile 2.5 the pain was back and I walked the last half mile home.
This weekend I’m supposed to run the Goofy Challenge – a half marathon on Saturday followed by a full marathon on Sunday – and I don’t know what I am going to do. Honestly, if I could cancel my whole trip down to Florida and not lose all the money I would.
But I can’t. I’m going to be in Florida. My friends will be running. My husband will be running.
I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be doing.
So far all I know is I will START at least one of the races.
I love the Walt Disney World Marathon. This would be my 5th year doing it and more importantly, the first year Jason is doing it with me and I was really looking forward to running through all 4 parks with him.
The way I see it right now I have 2 options:
Option A – I start the half marathon on Saturday and see how that goes. I may have to walk most/ all of it. I may not finish. But regardless it should give me a good idea of how attempting double that distance would go (or not go for that matter).
Option B – Not run on Saturday and hope that the extra day of rest would benefit me going into the full marathon on Sunday. I’m not sure there’s much logic here, my knee hurt me at 2.5 miles today so I’m not really sure that an extra day of rest is going to help at all in attempting 26.2 miles. But, even if I only make it through half the race, at least I’ll have gotten to experience half the race with Jason.
That leads me to my next point – DNF’ing or “Do Not Finish”.
I’ve never DNF’d a race, and it’s not so much that I mind DNF’ing, many a smart runner has DNF’d when they realize it’s not in their best interest to continue running, the issue is more that I’m not so sure I’m a “smart runner”.
I’m kind of stubborn and I’m worried that if I start the race I’m going to try to finish the race.
I think the only way it makes sense for me to even start either of these races is to promise myself to stop running/ walking/ participating in the race the minute it even crosses my mind that continuing may do more harm in the long term. Or if there are tears involved. Or limping. (And considering all 3 of those things happened during my 6 mile run last Saturday I’d say I need to come to terms with this deal with myself soon.)
I know a wise little green dude one said “do or do not, there is no try”, but I think in this situation “try” may be the best I can do.
Jason and I leave for Florida tomorrow afternoon, so like I said, I’ll be in Florida and I’ll be at both races for sure, I’m just not sure if it’ll be as a participant or a spectator.