Sometimes when it comes to running and your health you have to make some tough calls. Yesterday, was one of those tough call days.
When I found out about my gluteus tendinitis mid-February the doctor said I needed to hold off on running until it felt better. I could run if I wanted, but it would take longer to heal. I listened to him and held of. On March 1st I did the 5k instead of the 1/2 marathon I was scheduled for and only ran about a mile of it. Then on March 16th I did a 1/2 marathon relay (around 6 miles). I felt okay after each, but definitely not great. Things were getting better… but definitely not at the speed I wanted.
The next big race I had on the schedule was the Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon in Raleigh, NC on April 13th. I picked this race for 2 reasons – it was an inaugural RnR race and one of my closest friends moved to Raleigh last year. I would be able to see her and run a race. Perfect! Well the more I thought about it over the last week the more I realized that I wasn’t sure that I would be up for 13 miles. And I definitely wasn’t sure I’d actually ENJOY the race. Add in 16 hours of driving and squish it all into 4 days and I was a bit worried.
So yesterday I made the call to cancel my trip to Raleigh. It was a hard one because I really miss my friend and I really wanted to do the race, but I think it is for the best. I don’t want to make things worse and end up hurting myself more in the long run. I have a 1/2 marathon scheduled for October and I’m just going to focus on that. I’ll just start small and work my way back up to the 1/2 marathon distance. I’ll have at least 4 between October and March, so I’ll definitely have my work cut out for me.