Since a IT Band problem put an end to my Stockholm marathon in 2014 I have been building up my strength with the goal of trying the marathon distance again. One marathon I have had my eye on is the Vinter Marathon here in Stockholm. Its a smaller race with about 500 marathoners and last year they added a 10 km race. The course is a 5 loop course that is quite flat.
I signed up early and had time to go through a good training cycle. During the summer I did many miles building up my base and definitely saw some improvement in that area as my speed kept increasing at my MAF heart rate of 130 bpm. This all showed in my only race in the summer here in Täby, when I ran a low 44 in the 10 km. Unfortunately though I did feel a slight twich in the right foot but did not think much of it and kept having a goo couple of month of training even though the slight pain was there. But once I stepped up training, or rather switched, to intervalls and more speed work the pain got worse and worse until I could not run and had to take a break from running completely and this was 3 and a half week before the marathon. At that time I thought the race was gone and i would have to forfeit. But restin made the foot better and a week before I was walking with almost no pain and could jogg easily with manageable pain level. So I decided to go for it….
There was also the option of downgrading from the marathon to a 10 km but that was just an idea that would have been a good idea to follow through on. On the morning of the marathon I felt good about the attempt and felt I had a good plan for the day that would take me to the finish line. I was going to keep a 5:30 - 5:40 pace and see if I could push it in the last 10 km.
The race started out good and I kept the pace easily and felt good and also confident that I could follow through with the plan, but the day would turn out different. On the second full lap, of 5, the pain started to move up through levels and by the half way mark it was pretty obvious the I would be wise to to step of the course and be happy with the day before I made more damage to the foot than what I had already done.
I¨m still happy I tried even if I failed but I also forced me to rest the of the year because I think the my body needed that. I hope to toe the starting line again in 2017.
Thanks for reading,