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Back to our regularly scheduled program…
If you had to put racing on hold for an entire year and just focus on running in an entirely new way, would you do it? Would you be willing to go through (temporarily) losing some speed, enduring some adaptation pain, all for the sake of a future of injury-free running?
I think those are the questions before me right now. I LOVE to race. I love training for a race, I love planning my splits, I love the nerves I get on race morning (well, not quite so much). But, I think I understand that the right path for me is to give up racing for 2011 and concentrate on getting healthy, relearning how to run, and ditching my traditional running shoes.
I’ve been told it will likely cause my PF ridden feet months of arch pain. I’ve been told I’ll probably be slower for a while. And I’ve been told that if I’m not willing to invest the time–months to more than a year even–don’t bother.
This is a tough pill to swallow for me. However, I think it’s the right pill. I’m figuring out how to reframe my coming year of running (as soon as I’m back to running) in this new fashion. I’ve faced obstacles before and I know one thing about myself–I am one determined soul. And right now I am determined to kick injuries to the curb once and for all. Giving up a year of racing will be worth it.