Running injury leads to a triathlon

Running injury leads to a triathlon

As a runner, having a stress fracture is hard. I am wearing a boot so my foot doesn’t bend and my bones will heal properly. But going from training for a marathon to strictly no running after the race is tough both physically and mentally.

I have to find a new “runner’s high” outlet. And I also have to stop eating like I’m training for a marathon. Opps! More on that another day. 😉

There is a bright side to this! This injury has made me change my racing goals for the summer and also opened up the idea of competing in triathlons. I raced Olympic distance triathlons in college and absolutely loved it. I moved overseas to Dubai, UAE after I graduated and without my bike I went back to only running. I have since then competed in 1 triathlon a few years ago. I loved it but at the time lacked motivation to continue down that path.

With my stress fracture I am not allowed to run and hope to have the boot off in 5 weeks. I can swim and bike now, so that is why I am going to add a triathlon to my schedule! I do most of my aerobic style workouts by swimming laps in the pool and I absolutely love it! Since it’s starting to warm up the outdoor pool at my gym is open and it’s fun to swim with a little chill in the air.

pool-swimming-laps

For my triathlon this summer the Deschutes Dash is held here in Bend, OR on the weekend of July 26th and 27th. There will be two distances offered, a Sprint and Olympic distance. I am thinking of doing the Olympic distance (1300 yard swim, 25 mile bike, 10k run) but will decide in a few weeks. It depends on how my foot is healing. I know once the boot is off I will have to ease back into running so this may take a little time before I am able to fully train for any type of running event.

It’s almost 12 weeks till the race. I will set up my training schedule after my next check up with the doctor to see how my foot is progressing. I don’t expect this to be one of my fastest races with this amount of time not running or seriously biking. At least I can work on my swimming which is not really my strongest part of a triathlon.

More to come on my training. For now, lots of fun and bubbles in the pool.

underwater-pool

By | 2016-11-08T15:18:57+00:00 May 12th, 2014|Diary|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Patti May 13, 2014 at 8:34 am - Reply

    I think triathlons would be perfect for you! I hope your foot is healing on schedule too. Good luck!

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