Racing on the sidelines

As a runner, it’s never easy to know when to say No to a race (actually, it’s easy to know when, it’s the actual saying No that’s the problem!)

I’ve been sidelined for the last few weeks (and will be for the next who-knows-how-long!!!!) due to my hip injury (tendinitis) so have had to just watch two races that I would have normally run in 😦

I thought I’d share these race experiences with you (including my morning out at the Dubai Marathon) to a) make myself feel better by remembering the fun that I had while watching them; b) help any of you injured runners out there… know when to say Yes to Rest and take a moment to enjoy it from the other side 🙂

  • Dubai Marathon – 26 January 2018

There was no forced sideline watching of this race; I’m still undecided as to whether I’ll ever run a marathon or not. But that didn’t stop me from heading out bright and early on this morning to go support friends and team mates, smashing out their races!

  • Mushrif Park 2XU Run Series – 3 February 2018

This was another race that I managed to get a bunch of my colleagues entered into – they’re really enjoying this ‘fitness’ thing that I’ve brought to the company 🙂 Unfortunately though I had to pull out, but I went along in the morning anyway to get them sorted out and to show some support – which was totally worth it as we got 4 podiums over the different distances and age categories!

Work mates!

  • RAK Half Marathon – 9 February 2018

Well this one just brings tears to my eyes 😥 This was to be my sub-2-hour half marathon. I was soooooo close in December and I know that I would have smashed it on this flat course. But the running gods obviously have something better in store for me (can only hope, right?!) and this year I watched from the sidelines, once again supporting my team mates and watching the elites just smash out some incredible finishes. At least I still got to enjoy a lovely weekend away 🙂

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Stoopid Leg – Update

Hazy is unhappy 😥

I had my first physiotherapy session yesterday and things are not looking good for me! The physio thinks the pain is tendinitis… which some people tell me takes ages to fix! The physio hasn’t given me a definitive answer yet if I should (could) be running in RAK in 16 days’ time… my heart really wants to, but my head thinks that it might be a silly thing to do.

I think I’ll be leaving this decision to the very last minute.

Week 3 – Palm run

I probably shouldn’t have run this race 😥

A little over a week ago I got up early and went for a run before work. But I had to cut it short after only 5km’s as I experienced a sharp pain in my leg and had to hobble my way home. The next day at work my leg would ache every time I stood up. This was not looking good.

I phoned my sports massage therapist and made the earliest appointment I could: Sunday afternoon. He had a look at my leg, we chatted about the symptoms and surrounding aches and pains, but he could not give me a definitive answer as to what was causing the pain 😦 The plan was then to TAKE IT EASY for the week. I had to head out for 2 x run/walk sessions, the first one being just 20 mins and the second one being 40 minutes. Both of them brought about absolutely zero pain!

Green light to race – provided I don’t push it with any PB hopes in mind. Fine.

Up bright and early on Friday morning after a fabulously quiet and early night on Thursday, I headed off to the Palm Mono Rail to catch the metro across to Aquaventure to get to the start of the race.

I met up with a few of the other optimalFITNESS runners around and we all lined up for the start together, to then head out at our own pace for the race…. mine being ‘slow’!

I didn’t have anything other than feel to go on so I couldn’t accurately judge my pace – I just went at what felt like ‘slow’. By about 3km’s I was feeling great – no pains in the leg – so decided to pick up the pace ever-so-slightly. And by 5km’s that was a fool thing to have done 😦 I felt the niggle come on and by about 5.5km’s I stopped to walk for a bit. Then ran for a bit and was then forced to walk more by the time I reached 7km’s… I was SORE!

I contemplated pulling out of the race (I had told myself that if I got sore I would do so) but if you’re a runner out there reading this, you know how hard it is to do that! I just could not bring myself to sit out and wait for an ambulance to come fetch me and drive me the last 3 km’s back to the start/finish line… I would cross it, no matter how long it took, or how slow I had to go. But I would attempt a little hobble run as and when I could. So the last 3 km’s were very much walk/run, until the last few hundred meters that I ran to cross the finish line.

I don’t deserve this…

And then really felt the pain!

I could not put any pressure on my leg and walking was not really an option except for completely limping. NOT HAPPY!

So while the race was something new with these beautiful views of the Dubai skyline, it is a race that I really should not have done and I know that, but it’s just so hard to make that decision to not run… I now have to find out what’s causing this pain and hope that my chances at running RAK in 3 week’s time have not been ruined 😥

I went home after the race, had a lovely bubble bath and then lay on my bed with my feet in the air, while getting some study reading done… at least a good book and a cat cuddling me are two ways to put a smile on my face!

Unhappy Hazy 😦

I’ll be back with updates on my leg’s progress… fingers crossed for me please!