Returning home from Ottawa, which saw another set back due to back issues I look to the future and I think it is time to play to my strengths and focus on the shorter distances. I have said this in the past and then have been quickly drawn to the marathon thinking it was my best option but if we look at my build and my specific back issues it hits you that maybe I am better suited to the 5 and 10k distances. I have had this “plan B” in the back of my mind for sometime but with each failed marathon or ultra marathon attempt I have found some “what if” to keep me on the long distance path.
I have some ideas on what I might try in my training, as a newly self appointed middle distance runner to prepare for my upcoming 5 and10k’s including more strength, shorter workouts and more race pace work.
What’s done is done, time to adjust and move forward.
As for Ottawa I awoke race morning with back pain and decided not to run, but then decided to take it one step at a time just in case, so completed warm up, still back pain, but better, started race, still back pain but manageable, through 10km in 37mins, but pain no longer manageable so reduced pace to 20km for a warm down and hit the showers as I did not want to go through another week like I did post Vancouver a few weeks back. Now hopefully this conservative approach will allow me to continue with training with no lasting side effects from the back issues.
Now if you thought my training was ridiculous before wait till you see what I have planned in the weeks ahead, this is going to get worse, allot worseJ
Also if you thought attending the Ottawa marathon was out there wait till you see what I have set as my next goal, it will surpriseJ