Missing several key runs would probably result in a different goal. But missing a few runs here or modifying something there, in my opinion doesn't necessarily constitute redefining what your goal of the race should be. So don't let a trainer or any plan dictate what you think your goal may be. If you are working with a trainer, I would suggest talking to them to let them know your concerns. Open communication is super important.
In my opinion, giving total trust to a plan or a trainer over trusting yourself and your gut instinct is dangerous. I think that it's great to follow a plan, have a direction and advice from knowledgeable people, but I think listening to your own body is key. And that can be hard to do if you are a 'pleaser' like me.
I'm still recovering from injury, so at this time I'm not really sure what my "plan" is that's going to work for me. I plan to try the Run Less Run Faster method (although probably modified to some extent). I enjoy speed work. I enjoy faster paced runs. So I think this would probably fit best with me and my current mental state with lack of confidence in myself in running.
However, with a hamstring pull, speed work is not advisable. So right now I'm just trying to listen to my body, heal, and then I'll look at the next step.
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