So I have been running an average of about 20 to 30 miles a week for the past 6 months or so. When I ran my first half marathon in June my goal was to finish and finish alive. The farthest I had run at the start of that race was 10 miles. When I hit the 10 mile mark during the half I also hit a major wall. I made it though and finished with a time of 2:07.53. My second half was in Sep and I was excited, I had after all done this before. My goal was to beat my previous time. I had a great run and finished in 2:03.12. I did it! I beat my goal! After that I dabbled in a few other things to include my first triathlon. Then I decided to actually train for the Seattle Half coming up here Nov. 30.
I started Hal’s Intermediate Half Marathon training plan and was determined to beat my last time of 2:03.12, despite the difficulty of this course. It seemed like the training plan was working! I had my mile times down from about 9:15 miles to 8:15 for longer runs and even faster for the shorter runs. With two weeks to race day I injured my neck, who knows how, running or lifting. Either way it has been literally a pain in the neck. I have not run for 8 days now. I am so discouraged because I was actually following a training plan and doing so well. Now I fear I have lost it all. I am supposed to do 3 miles at race pace tomorrow and 12 miles on Sunday. I am not sure if I will be able to. I am going to give the 3 miles a try and hope that I don’t aggravate my neck. But I have settled for a lesser goal for my Nov. 30 half…to finish and finish alive. That goal as served me well in the past.
Has anyone had this experience where they had a significant break in training before running a race and what was the outcome?