Saturday will mark the first ever race I have entered, that I didn’t enter!
I have done everything correctly, I have built up my distances and improved my pacing. I’ve tapered well and I’ve completed a decent amount of stretching this week… And then it all fell apart!
I woke up earlier this week with pains in my shoulder and neck, probably frozen shoulder brought on by sleeping awkwardly. I was at home Tuesday and working at the desk downstairs probably didn’t help as I know I was leaning over my MacBook.
I was home as I went to the doctors as I have a rash/swelling on my leg from what I believe was an insect bite from when we cleared the garden a week or two ago. It was driving me insane as I was desperate to scratch it and antihistamines were not working. To doctor agreed it is a bite which is infected so I am on antibiotics. Antibiotics which have made me tired, slightly dizzy and make me run to the loo.
All of this adds up to a very fed up me and someone who shouldn’t run a 10K race this week.
Coupled with the pollution covering the east of England I don’t want to bring my asthma back so I reluctantly decided enough was enough and my health was more import than the race.
Thankfully the friend I was running with is very understanding (thanks Enda*), and we have agreed to pick up another 10K in the near future (and there is another one already in the diary).
I am very disappointed and try to convince myself I am ok but then my chest hurts, my throat dries up or I have to run to the loo so I am admitting defeat on this one!
At least the race has proved that I can get back up to distance (which is why we booked the race in the first place). I cannot be too upset as I am back to running 10Ks at the weekend and enjoying getting out there once again.
Hopefully in a couple of days or so this will all clear up (the antibiotics finish Saturday evening), the smog will lift and I can get my trainers back on.
*funnily enough Enda didn’t seem amused by my suggestion he should run 20K this weekend – effectively running my 10K for me.