Half Marathon Training – Time to throw in the towel?

With less than 2 weeks to go I have to question whether I am going to be fit enough to do this Half Marathon after all!

This week has been hard – and not because of any exercise but because of a complete lack of it! My foot (and sometimes up my leg) is hurting with just walking. In fact the only thing I really did was encourage my son to keep going at Parkrun where I just walked with him for a lap (out of 4) and I was in SUCH pain afterwards. In fact that two of the ladies from running club told me not to run this Saturday (we have our first family 5k in the Chocolate run) and probably not to do the half marathon. The first I could just about manage not to do – in the hope that I really just need rest and it will be all better. But to not do my half marathon now – feels really awful. Like I thought I could achieve it and I just can’t. I would feel such a failure. Even though I know for the long-term it would be for the best and I still have plenty of time.

This is assuming I haven’t caused any permanent damage (which I doubt I have) and my husband thinks I should book in the doctors to get it checked out and proper advice. I have been taking Ibuprofen, rolling my foot over a bottle of frozen water and gently rubbing the bottom of my foot. I have been doing a bit of walking but taking the car when I can – and I found my Microscooter helps as it places less pressure on my foot than walking. I have been doing stretches against the wall and on the stairs – fingers crossed it is all helping.

asics gelI am also aware that the trainers I have been running in have now developed holes in the top so maybe I have worn them out! I am lucky enough to have been sent a pair of Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22 Women’s Running Shoes. They have  Rearfoot GEL cushioning, Ortholite sockliner, a full length Flytefoam midsole  – which cushions each step and provides a bouncy response; a propulsion Trusstic system adds an extra boost with each lift off and a wet grip rubber forefoot outsole ensures great traction on all surfaces. I have only walked in them so far but they definitely cradle my foot and make them feel so well supported. I am looking forward to being able to run in them.

It is a new month now so I need to get my mind back to where it should be – and that is starting with the diet! I have gotten really bad in a spiral of sugar, sugar and more sugar and I really need to cut back on the chocolate, cake and doughnuts again and start with more fruit and vegetables. Two weeks yesterday until the Half Marathon – gulp. And at least I know where and how many water stations there are.

Oh and I have just entered the ballot for the London Marathon 2018!LONDON MARATHON BALLOT


I received a pair of Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22 Women’s Running Shoes for purposes of review. All words and opinions are honest and my own.

6 thoughts on “Half Marathon Training – Time to throw in the towel?”

  1. Eek! How frustrating for you! Never say never. You got yourself up to the distance in training, so maybe you just need rest. I literally still didn’t know if I would manage the Cheltenham half marathon when I got up on the day, but I decided to just start and see what happened!
    Good luck with the London Marathon ballot!

  2. I really hope that with some rest and keeping up with the exercise that you can manage, you are doing so well and there’s plenty of time left. Good luck with the marathon ballot!

  3. Oh gosh I’m so sorry you are still injured. I do hope that you manage to do the half marathon, but if not there will be others – it’s just the start of the season so you could always do something later on in the summer. Nothing is worth injuring yourself for.


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