I haven't done an update on my half marathon training so I figured I'd do a quick one. I know you are all on the edge of your seats. :)
Up until last Friday training was going great - my long runs were starting to feel really good and I felt like I was hitting my stride. And then my back went out.
I first felt pain on Friday afternoon and then on Saturday morning I literally could not stand up straight. It has been painful and incredibly frustrating. I have been spending a lot of time and money (those co-pays add up!) at the chiropractor and physical therapist in order to get the muscle spasms to stop. Luckily, my mom was able to come over and help with the girls this week since Stefan has a massive work deadline and I can't lift them.
The most frustrating part about this is that, obviously, I have not been able to run. I've missed one long run on Sunday and a few short runs so far. My PT does think that I'll be able to run the half, which is right at a month out, but missing training is definitely going to make it harder for me.
I am determined to run this race and just have to adjust my attitude a little bit. Last week, I was calculating my average pace and thinking about how fast I thought I could finish the race; this week I am focused on crossing the finish line.
As with everything in life, I know that this is part of a greater plan and in the grand scheme of things this is a minor obstacle in life, although that doesn't make it any less frustrating. I am honestly just grateful that this type of injury and pain isn't a common occurrence in my life.
By the way, I watched the Manning special on TV last night and man, that is one impressive family. Peyton is by far my favorite and not just because I went to Tennesee. He just seems like a nice guy. I actually recently read an article about how he writes handwritten cards to guys retiring from the NFL. What a nice gesture!