We get excited, we get pumped, we get focus on our training, we read other bloggers posts and follow their workouts, trying to mimic their level of mileage/dedication/endurance/etc… and throughout all of this love and passion for our race, we forget the #1 most important rule–
Make it to the start line Healthy.
I so easily forget this.
Olympian and American record holder Ryan Hall has pulled out of the NYC Marathon this coming weekend. He has a hip injury that has not subsided while he continued to train for the marathon.
“In my zealous efforts to have redemption in this year’s ING New York City Marathon, I overstepped the first and most important rule—making it to the line healthy,” Hall said in a press release.
My heart goes out to him and everyone else who is/has battled injuries and have had to make that tough decision. I have had my fair share of injuries, including a stress fracture in my femur that had me running on and off (in extreme pain) for 3 years.
But his honest response and realistic view of his situation has served as a great wake-up call for me, and I am sure, other runners.
The FIRST and most IMPORTANT rule to training and racing– Make it to the start line healthy.
I so often push the pace when I should be taking it easy… I do hill repeats when I should do a relaxed 5 miles… I “recovery run” when really I should recover with a complete rest day…. I say “Just a few more miles” when I need to stop right then and there. While each little decision may seem innocent, add them all up over a few months of training, and you are walkin’ a fine line.
I do this all the time… I feel good, so I keep going/push harder/do another.
Reading Ryan Halls opening statement has stuck with me hard. I am 3 weeks out from Richmond Marathon. I have friends telling me what I could potentially run this race in (especially based upon my recent Half PR) and honestly… I would love them all to stop! Of course I would love to get those crazy fast times and the fact that they believe in me like they do means so much to me…but I think back to Rule #1 and what I really want out of this Marathon–
… to have fun, stay healthy, and finish with a smile 🙂
So to all you runners out there who are healthy, injured, coming back from an injury, recovering from a race, etc…. take it easy on your body- it’s the only one we got!
***I know a lot of bloggers are injured right now, and I hope/pray for your speedy recovery 🙂
Have a great Tuesday!
Are you injured/have you been injured? What is your recovery tip?
How do you train? Do you stop at first sign of discomfort?