It is always a good idea to have a plan B. The past few months seem to have taken the opportunity to drive this point home.
My initial plan to run the Cotswolds 100 has been put into jeopardy due to a knee injury. I injured my knee in November and thanks to my stubbornness I ignored my own body and continued to push hard. I am now nearly 2 months behind in my training. I now however have moved onto plan B, rather than not run at all I plan to utilise a larger run walk split. I will now walk the majority of the night section to reduce the running miles to the 70 mark, this should allow me to rapidly catch up on the training and still achieve the goal of a sub 24 hour 100 miler.
My other plan B is going to have a large impact on my entire family and me. I had planned to attend a local university to obtain my BSc in psychology. Unfortunately I received an unsuccessful through the UCAS system so will not be attending. This is forcing two other possible options, one will involve a total relocation the other a sizable commute. With mobility an issue the thought of the commute is causing great anxiety but will be something easily conquered after a few practice runs. Moving will prove the most problematic, with finances strained we cannot live in a comparative area to what we do now. We will be forced to live in a smaller house and live in (I will put this a nice way) a less affluent area. This move also imposes another issue for me, no more running. I will lose my beloved paved paradise and due to size restrictions in the housing will not have room for a treadmill. This doesn’t leave me with many options at this point, persuade the wife to put a treadmill in the living room (unlikely) or utilise a nearby gym. The lack of freedom from running will be a hard blow but I need to remember the rewards of the BSc and a new career path far outway the negatives.
In the end I WILL HAVE to find a way to run, just not sure what plan B is quite yet……