We are only 3 weeks away from the BolderBOULDER, America’s premier 10k road race. I’ve got big goals, I’ve been training for months, and I’m ready to show what I can do come race day. I’ve been following the BB10k race training plan pretty closely, and I’m feeling good. Then a few speed bumps appear. What to do?

Last Sunday I ran a neighborhood 5k to support our local elementary school. It was the day after the 12″ snow storm, but the snow had melted, the sun was shining, and everything looked good to go. I got a late start and pulled up to the race just minutes before it started, then as I was jogging to the starting line I slipped on some ice and went down. It didn’t seem like anything at the time, I ran a good race and placed 3rd, and even ran the kids’ mile with my daughter afterwards.

Later that afternoon my left quad felt like it had a big Charlie horse. Walking downstairs hurt, squatting down hurt, just moving was uncomfortable. And it wouldn’t go away. I heated, I iced, I stretched, I rubbed salts on it in the shower, and for a week my leg hurt. I managed to get in 3 short, slow runs, and it was uncomfortable but not painful…except for the downhills, those were painful.

Gradually the leg got better, but then I had a scheduled trip to the mountains with some guys from my church. This was a fun, good thing, and it meant another 3 days without running. We did get a nice long hike up to a 10,400′ peak, and the way down my quad reminded me it was still sore.

So what do you do when your training gets interrupted this close to race day? I don’t have all the answers. I’m not a pro. My answer is to trust the training I’ve done in the past, rest up and heal, and stay mentally ready for the race. I did a nice easy run yesterday followed by some strides, and that seemed to really release the quad and it feels much better today. Initially it is hard not to panic and wonder if this will derail the whole thing, and in the bigger scope of things the rest may even do me good.

When life or injuries get in the way of your training, how do you stay positive and stay ready?