Tonight was my first night with the Genesis Half-marathon training group since my issues with my leg. We were going to run an easy pace to a park, about a mile away, and then do intervals at our half-marathon pace, based on the HM Pacing Chart we had been given this week, then run back to the our starting point. Given my leg Jason didn’t want me to do the intervals he told me to do easy runs for now. Well, we started and I took it easy and I was able to run the full mile to the park and I felt pretty good no problems. We stopped and Jason told us where we were going to go for the intervals how many times around. We had to go up a flight of stairs to get to the start and once we got up there and I started to run my leg gave out; it just started to hurt and I couldn’t run. I tried twice I felt a sharp pain go down my leg. I stopped and I burst into tears. I felt defeated I had to walk the rest of the loop. The others started to lap me and I just cried.
I finally got around to where Jason was standing he was taking video and I wanted to hide. He told me it would be okay and it takes time I sat down on at a picnic table and was just quite. So I slowly and quietly walked back to the park where we started. I know things can’t be helped and a friend of my told me to “honor my body” but I felt defeated watching the others run back.
Jason told me not to run anymore this week and to try the elliptical for a minutes tomorrow. I know I’m having a moment okay a little feel sorry for myself moment and it will pass; as I was walking back I thought what do Serena Williams, Kara Goucher, and other athletes do when the find themselves injured, I doubt they cry (maybe they do) but they do what they need to do to get back in the game. And I guess that’s what I will have to do to.