Sometimes facing reality can be very hard. I see it, know it’s there, know the truth, but choose to ignore it and probably hope it will go away or change. It rarely works this way…
The reality I’m facing (but not looking at) right now is that the knee I fell on two weeks ago will not be able to do the distances required for me to go do the Comrades Marathon this year. I have to be smart about this.
The knee looks good now, but I can feel it is not 100%. I need it to be 100%. It is definitely still bruised on the inside. I was supposed to do a 60km training run this weekend and there is no way that I can do that now. So I have to make the decision now.
I really don’t want to have a “terrible battling through it” Comrades that leaves me sore and maybe even injured for the weeks afterwards. My main goals are all in the second half of the year. Comrades has never been a main goal for me. My plans for the next 3 to 5 years don’t include Comrades and that’s why I thought of throwing it in this year.
So I’m making the difficult decision now to withdraw from the Comrades and move my focus to the other challenges ahead.
My main goals for the year are:
- Num-Num Trail – 3 August
- Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge – 7 September
- Otter Trail Challenge – 23 & 24 September
- Brau Haus Trail Run – 12 October
- Skyrun Lite - 16 November
I have one more road race on 5 May that I will do. It’s a 32km (20miler) that I entered long ago so I will still do it. After that my focus will move to the trails…yay!!!
Happy running my friends!