The crazy thing is, for once the decision not to race was easy.
As stated in my previous post on Monday, I was undecided on whether or not to race this weekend. Initially I signed up for the Manchester Marathon (right after IMMT in August), then thought maybe I’ll just do the half marathon… now I’m just bagging it all together. Reason being: I have nothing to prove.
I raced an Ironman 2.5 months ago and while I wanted to believe I could do a Marathon just a few months later, my body just wasn’t having it. Sure, I’m kind of pissed off about the situation, especially since I trained for it. But my coach says the training will NOT go to waste. Good thing is, it will accrue into next season’s training (phew!). I never like to back out of something, I’m not a quitter. But instead of beating myself up over this decision, I’m turning it into a positive. I’m going to get healthy and strong for the Boston Marathon AND for Ironman Mont-Tremblant round #2. Next year, 2015 is going to be THE year and I want to perform at my best. If I raced even the half marathon this weekend, I’m not confident I would be racing at my best. It’s never fun to toe the line with the fear of being in pain, before the race even starts! My knee has been acting up, but the good thing is, I think I have it under control. I’m optimistic that with kinesiotaping, strengthening exercises and a solid BREAK, I will be up and running in no time.
This officially means… OFF SEASON has begun:
Starting now, I am officially in my ‘off season.’ I will take next week completely OFF (Lord help me) and the following week will incorporate just easy workouts. After a few weeks, I’m not sure where my plan will take me, since I haven’t received it from my coach yet. What I do know is, I’m looking forward to a break! I’ll post more on my off season plan later:)