Sunday, September 25, 2011
Went for a 4 mile run today, which ended up being a 2 mile mostly walk. I'm glad that I got out there and tried running for the first time since my disastrous 12.5 mile run last Sunday (see last week's blog). And I'm proud of myself for ending it early when my knee started to hurt.
But, I am still having a hard time accepting that I will not complete my planned half marathon October 16. My DH and completed it last fall by walking and I was looking forward to running most of it this year. But, with only 3 weeks to go and me unable to go more than 2 miles without pain, I don't see how 13.1 will be possible.
So, I am reluctantly, sadly giving up my HM goal. I fear that if I push myself too hard I will cause long-term or permanent injury. And I will set up an appointment to see a sports medicine doctor as soon as possible, as many of you have wisely suggested.
Although I am quitting the HM training, I am not giving up on running. DH suggested that we walk the HM, but I can't bring myself to do that. Beyond the fact that even walking 13 miles could result in further knee injury, I feel like I have turned a corner. I am not interested in just walking anymore. I want to run! And if all I can run for now is a 5K, then that is what I will do as soon as my knee is fully healed.
Instead, I will focus on building strength and flexibility and losing more weight, which I'm sure will improve my ability to resume HM training in a few months. My mind is ready for the HM, but my body is not. As Coach Nancy says - respect the distance! But it will happen - I will nail that HM sometime in the not too distant future.
Thank you all for the continued support. I could never have come this far without the encouragement, experience, and wisdom of my SP friends. And I won't make it through the next 5K, the next 10K, or the next HM without you.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday , my hubby and I set out to finish 12.5 miles, in training for a half marathon on October 16. I was feeling positive and strong and enjoying the cool weather.
I was a bit concerned about right knee soreness I had last Sunday after 4 miles, so we started out slow and mixed in lots of walking for the first few miles. I felt some twinges in my left and right knees, but they seemed to go away with periodic stopping and stretching.
But around mile 8, my right knee was starting to feel sore. Not painful, but definitely sore.
Around mile 10, it was downright sore, bordering on pain. Like an idiot, I did not stop. I keep plowing through, thinking that I would just stretch it out afterward. BIG MISTAKE.
Just as I was nearing the end, my right knee told me in no uncertain terms that I needed to stop. It did that through a sudden sharp pain that virtually locked up that leg and required me to limp on my left leg for the last few hundred feet.
I dragged myself into the house, grabbed an ice pack, and a handful of ibuprofen. The pain lessened, but I hobbled around gingerly the rest of the day trying not to think about the fact that I probably won't be able to run again for days, maybe weeks. Which would pretty much kill my hope of finishing the race a month from now.
Today, I can walk, sort of, but resuming my training tomorrow is out of the question. Probably out of the question for the rest of the week. Maybe for the rest of the month.
I am a bit depressed about the whole thing, but I am more angry at myself for trying to "push through the pain." If I've learned nothing else from Coach Nancy and the other experienced runners here, I know that pain is a red flag that should not be ignored.
I have learned a lesson that I will not soon forget about recognizing the difference between ordinary sore muscles and the real pain of an injury. But the most important lesson I have learned is that I need to slow down, maybe get a few more shorter races under my fuel belt before I tackle a big one.
So, I'm down, but not out. I am a runner, but maybe not a marathoner yet.
How about a nice Turkey Trot?
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Looking out my window at melting snow, temperatures above freezing, and a bit of sun peaking out of the clouds. Which gives me the energy to bundle up and take my first walk in more than a week.
February was typical for me - feeling the winter blues and no motivation to stick with the program, to eat well, or to exercise regularly.
But, spring is around the corner and with the advent of the new season, I'm feeling a renewed sense of committment to my fitness and health. I am very close to my mini goal (being under 175 by my birthday on the 22nd) and if I can get back on track with journaling my food and exercising every day, then I will have no trouble reaching that goal.
Taking a deep breath and heading out the door.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Tom and I completed (sort of) the 10 minute Boot Camp Day 1 video. Even Ellie joined in. Can't believe Coach Nicole can do that whole thing without passing out. Hoping that we will do better next Sunday.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Let me begin by saying that I do not like strength training. I find the exercises boring or difficult and the payoff is barely perceptible. By contrast, I very much enjoy a brisk walk, a lengthy bike ride, or a session of heavy housework. I feel great immediately afterward, and I can quickly and easily perceive my endurance improving.
That being said, I know that strength training is "good for me," so I tried it for a while back in August/September, then pretty much gave up.
Last night, for the first time in weeks, I tried strength training again. This time, I altered my routine by eliminating the exercises that I don't like, such as push ups, and concentrated on abdominals and other core routines. And I must say, it wasn't so bad. Can't say that I "enjoyed" it, but I felt good about starting it up again and am hopeful that I will be able to keep this going.
Wish me luck.
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