A miracle for my first marathon (the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon) scheduled for September 27 this year is what I need. The way things are going, with my calf muscle strain injury not getting any better and not being able to do the mileage to prepare for the marathon, I feel at this time, with a little more than 2 months away, I may not be able to do it.
Yesterday, I attended my marathon clinic session full of optimism. My calf muscle injury seemed to be healing quite well in the last week with me applying RICE (rest, icing, compression, elevation). I also felt good after getting some valuable advise from people who are quite knowledgeable about my type of injury. Our clinic teacher and the group discussed about hill training and reviewed the training program we did the first 6 weeks. We were supposed to do 10k and 4 hills but I decided to try for a 10 k without the hills. Close to 2ks into my run, I felt tightness and then pain in my left calf again. I stopped and walked back to home base.
I signed up to run the Acura 10 Miler on July 19, 9 days from today, and that is down the drain now. Have to find out from the organizers whether they'll allow for another runner friend of mine to take my place. Anybody interested to take my place and run the Acura 10 miler for free?
What now with me? I have another race (the Midsummer's Night 30k Run) on August 22, and that is a big question mark now. In the meantime I cannot sulk and wallow in self pity and not do anything. I know I am the only one to blame for this situation. I cannot allow the success of other people to influence me in rushing myself to complete running form again. Have to listen to my body. The mind sometimes works at cross purposes with the body.
My daughter suggested swimming, my wife thinks I should just stay at home and use the treadmill or stationary bike at the basement.
I made up my mind to do 2 hour walks in place of my weekday runs and a 3 hour walk on Sunday to make up for not being able to do the long Sunday run, until I could run again.
With exactly 2 months and 17 days to go , will I be able to run my first marathon?