I had to withdraw from the Eugene Marathon. Over the past year and a half, I’ve been battling an ache in my knee. Now, I’m no newbie to running injuries – I’ve definitely had my fair share. I knew what it was from the moment I felt it and I knew what I had to do – cut back on running. Despite that, I trained through several marathons and kept on running because what can I say, marathon running is pretty addictive. But the pain never went away so I finally decided to suck it up and start physical therapy again.
I had aggravated a nerve and the pain started to get a bit worse. I knew that I had to stop training and that a spring marathon was not a smart idea. I didn’t want to stop training but most of all, I didn’t want to stop running. By cutting back on my running, I had the best chances of still being able to run and also fix the problem. As runners, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to listen to our bodies. I’m sure you have heard that before but it’s the truth. If you feel pain, your body is trying to tell you something.
There will always be more races but you only have one body. I’m currently focusing on doing a lot of strengthening, stretching, foam rolling, and getting regular massage. I’ve run multiple marathons every year for the past 8 years, and this is the first year I won’t be able to do that. I’m sad but I look forward to coming back next spring!