Monday, December 13, 2010
Let me just give a background on the title. When I started running...I will never forget the day...back in late February/early March. I had watched this shy neighbor shuffle ever so slowly around our neighborhood. After having conditioned myself up to staying on the elliptical for 40 minutes...I figured 'hey, this would be a logical step. she doesn't go that fast. I can DO this!'. I plugged in to my music and did the same shuffle. Little did I know, until I mapped out my route...I had just shuffled through a 5k. It was infectious and the amount of calories that I burned during running was akin to a signed contract. Why would I not want to burn those serious calories on my weight loss journey? Best bang for my buck!
I was officially sold on completing my first 5k, which raises money for the schools my children attend. I was not fast, but I did not care! After the 5k, I thought 'I sure could use a challenge to keep me connected to my fitness and keep me running'. An old friend of mine announced the opening of signups for Marine Corps Marathon. I knew I was, at a minimum, a 14 minute mile runner. Easy! I can beat the bus. Let's go! I did not even THINK about the distance. I just thought it was a great commitment to my fitness. I grabbed Galloway's Marathon training book at the advice of my old friend, and off I went.
Looking back on things, I know I had piriformis issues and I ran through them and recovered. I did not know at the time why I had pain in my rear, but post injury...that was it to a 'T'. I survived it. I trained up and I finished my race. Along the way I did an 8k and a half marathon. Outside of my ignorance on the piriformis, I did everything (minus ST) that I was told to do. I ignored the naysayers and held on to my goals.
2010 has been a rocky year. I did meet my goal weight and I wasn't even exercising at the time. I learned a lot about cutting further on non-essential things and it helped. I gained a love of strength work after my knee injury in May. I wouldn't be surprised if my sudden desire to be the Road Runner from Bugs Bunny cartoons, coupled with the awful heat, attributed to my knee injury. I had some things going against me with body issues that I cannot fix...but I can counteract them. But still...it humbled me. Just be fit. If you want to run for life, then careful how you tread. This was clear to me.
When I was allowed to attempt running after a five month break, I knew there were things that must be done out of necessity if this was to work...1) take it easy 2) do your strength, and 3) take it easy. The starting back up seemed like a cake walk. My knee feels good and I am grateful. But the runs that I am now being challenged with a HARD. Why? I went from being a Galloway runner to running constant as I close out my C25k program. Holy wow! Yesterday I ran for 25 minutes non-stop. I had never done that to my recollection. It is possible I attempted it with my other half during our marathons (my half and his first full) but I honestly don't remember it. Goodness sakes it was a challenge but I did it! And the remaining weeks of this are just repeats of that long run period. I will do this, I know...but pacing is key to survive it.
So that, my dear Sparkers, is what I mean about running being tough. No way on this Earth could I envision running an entire half or full. Walk breaks would be essential. But I can do this constant running thing for 5k/8k/10k. I did run the bulk of my 10k in March and I was very impressed with myself. It was terribly cold and whatever I could do to be finished and warm up...count me in! LOL.