So far I have been having an amazing start to the season being able to PR at different workouts running and biking, and I was headed into the last race of a 4 race series in 21st place overall. I really wanted to crack the top 20 this year and I was poised to do it this past weekend, but I didn’t and there’s a few reasons why.
- The main reason is that I had a flare up of plantar fasciitis after the 20k that I ran. Ironically it reared its head as I decreased mileage over the next two weeks after that race. Admittedly its my own fault, I had been busy and I neglected the stretching that I normally do, that was keeping it at bay since I last had it in 2010.
- The Course: The Boston Buildup 25k is probably one of the most brutal races I have ever run, the hills are relentless and it’s certainly painful. I have run courses that are harder, but make no mistake about it if you were on the verge of an injury, this is the course that will break you.
- It’s early. As much as I wanted to be a part of the top 20, I realized that its March, and my season goes deep into September. I have a goal of qualifying for Team USA again this year and I knew I won’t be able to do that if I’m sidelined for most of the summer. Id rather skip a rather trivial personal quest today, than be forced out of my entire season by injury.
- Setting an example for clients: I had a client of mine that was running the series with me, and the day before and they weren’t feeling too hot. I reiterated that it was ok to skip out on a race, especially when it wasn’t their main goal and the best way to do that was to keep myself out as well.
Am I upset that I missed out on putting myself in the top 20 for the series? Of course, but I would have been much more upset if I decided to run the race and then wasn’t able to run for the next month. I only dropped 11 places to 32nd place for the series, and I determined that if I kept running with the guys I was around the first 3 races I would have placed maybe 18th. Is it worth it to me? Absolutely not, I’m a triathlete first, runner second, and these races are more of an early season fitness test than anything else. Recently I’ve been on a consistent regimen of icing, rolling, and wearing the Strasburg sock to bring my pain to a minimum and send the PF back to where it came from. I am hoping to be able to manage a new PR at the half marathon distance at the end of the month and I will focus on that for now. Don’t what let you do today, take you out of your training tomorrow!
Final Series Standings: