Last night I went out for my last training run before Canberra. As last week was such a light week I thought my normal run into the city would be OK at around MP.
The run was going well. I got to half way on just over 33 minutes. I was going easily and feeling good. Then between the end of the floating walk way and the Sydney Street ferry, I felt a a twinge in my left hamstring. I thought that's not good. The next step it was more than just a twinge. The next step I thought maybe I should stop. Then the next step I knew I have to stop and I did and that folks was the end of my marathon campaign. I did some stretches. Maybe it was just a cramp. I started off again but after only a few paces, I knew it was gone. Damn. damn. Damn.
It was a long long 35 minute walk back to work. In that time, I mulled over how this could have happened. There was no warning. I wasn't putting in an extra effort. Why now?? By the end I had pretty much reconciled my disappointment and accepted my fate.
Maybe it would be better in the morning. Well it is now Thursday and it is no better and I can definitely feel the injured muscle in my hamstring.
As much as I would have liked to have been part of the whole atmosphere of Canberra, it makes no sense money wise to make the trip. So I have cancelled the reservation at the Rydges , cancelled the flights (for which I get a credit) and will be cooling my heels and hammie in Brisbane. I also said after trying to do GC last year when injured that I would not do that again and I am sticking to my experience from then.
In a strange way, it has made me feel more determined to nail a marathon in the next couple of years. But I won't do that running an early autumn race like Canberra whilst training in Brisbane. Must be a winter or spring.
But then the next minute, I am thinking why am I doing this and why don't I just run for fun?
As you can tell I am pretty up and down at the moment but I am getting there.
All the best to those who have made it to the start line. That is an achievement of its own. I wil be thinking about you on the day.