My most recent race was on November 22 and it did not go well…not at all. Despite the amazing California weather we’d been having that Saturday dawned cold, rainy and very windy. I don’t know what the wind speed was but it was enough to rock my car while I was on my way to the race. It took me over 2 and half hours to finish but I did finish. I thought several times about just giving up (ususally while running with a headwind). It was horrible. Enough said.
I’ve sat at home and thought about what I wanted to say about this race and other than saying that it was horrible, I couldn’t come up with a single positive thing about it. I didn’t like the course, I hated that the pacers weren’t marked as to what pace they were running and I hated the weather. It just wasn’t a good race. The only up I could think of was that I didn’t quit and I finished.
So now I’m without a training plan and no race in sight. This race was so horrible that I’ve been considering whether or not I want to run half marathons at all anymore. Not to mention the injuries. Pulled groin, shin splints and weird aches and pains. It’s been a hell of year.
For the month of December I will not have a training plan. I’m running what I want when I want. It’s December 5th and I’ve only run 7 miles this month. My shins are still bothering me and I really want to take some time off from running to heal without taking any real time off. For now it’s a wait and see type thing.