Confession Time

Ok, I have a confession to make. It really kills me to say it, but it’s the truth. So here it is: I am just not
into running right now.

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I can’t believe I’m actually saying that! For me, coming back after being injured is harder than just starting out. I am unmotivated, and I am also extremely worried about being re-injured if I do too much. I have to force myself out the door. Once I’m out the door, I usually do fine, but it’s just getting out the door! The Pile on the Miles challenge has helped to get me out the door. I did have days where it hurt and I just walked, and days that it hurt so bad that I took a rest day. 

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Used to I would schedule everything around my run, and I was excited to do it. And, I would get annoyed if I wasn’t going to have much time to fit one in. But now, I dread it! If I’m short on time, instead of running faster, I cut it short, or just don’t do it. I don’t know if it’s because I’m just too much in my head and I have made it all mental, or if it’s because I have no end goal. I am really getting frustrated with myself because I want to be able to run the amount of miles that I was before I was hurt. (I know I have to work up to that, and the only way to do it is to run more.)

I think I really want to start training for something – anything. I just need a goal to work towards that will help me get back in the right frame of mind. The only thing that is holding me back is that I know I’m not 100% yet, and I don’t want to set a goal and start training for it and then get hurt again and not be able to do it. 

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I have been thinking the last week a lot about this, and I know the goal I’m choosing is probably the craziest one that I could set. But, I am really thinking about starting training for a full marathon. Part of me is saying this is absolutely crazy because I know my body is not fully healed. I’m almost laughing at myself thinking why not set a goal of a 10K. But the other part of me is saying why not? I want to do it, so just do it! 


The doctor has cleared me to run, and maybe if I just take it easy and make sure to stretch, ice, and foam roll I will be ok. Maybe if I just listen to my body and if or when it starts hurting, then I will stop. I have 21 weeks (152 days) until the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. I ran the half marathon this year, and I really want to do the full. I have been looking at marathon training plans, and I have found a few that I am considering. I just think this would be better for me than all of the junk miles I am running. I know they don’t mean anything, so maybe that’s why I’m not very motivated to do them. What are your thoughts on these training plans? Which one would recommend? 

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I am determined to get back to where I was, and pass it! I have a friend that is training for the same race, and she is on my case about doing it with her. (Which is what I need) So, I think this is going to be a good thing. I really think the only thing holding me back is the fear of failure. But I guess that is a risk with any goal that you set. So, I just have to tell myself if I get hurt and don’t get to run it, at least I tried.

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Any advice? 


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2 thoughts on “Confession Time

  1. Diane

    I don’t have any advice because I’m almost in the same boat. It seems everyone is training for a full marathon. I am the only one that won’t move forward from running half marathons. I am not sure if it’s because I am still hurt or because I don’t want to race that far. So, did you sign up for the full or are you waiting until you’ve started training for it to see how it’s going? What was your injury and how long did you have to stop running? I will be following your journey. Good luck and I hope your training gets more fun for you and you feel stronger and more motivated every day!!

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      Thank you! I have not signed up yet, but I am starting the first day of training today. I just want to see how I do on the long runs. I hurt my leg and foot back in March and have been off since April. The dr ruled out stress fracture (unless it was there before I got the MRI in sept). He thinks it was caused by the way I was landing and told me that it Malay be a chronic pain that I have to deal with. If it gets bad again I have to see a foot specialist. I was cleared a few weeks ago and have been very slow at starting back. So, we’ll see how it goes!

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