Hey there lovelies and handsome ones -
So, last Sunday was the big, big, BIG run. 11 Miles. The biggest one in my training. And once again I was SCAAAAAAARED... (laughing). Plus my right knee was still tender, so that was very concerning of course.
Here's what happened.
I got all prepared the day before, psyching myself up and preparing to make sure I finished ok. So I went to the running shop for a few things to try and get as best prepared as possible, especially with my concerning right knee. And so I'm sharing my finds with you.
Pro-Tec Knee Short Sleeve brace with patella support. (Right knee)
Pro-Tec Patella support band. (Left knee)
Pre-workout mix...(for energy and hydration). Sorry, no pic. It was just a crystalized energy mix that you dissolve in water before exercise.
And energy gel packs (for energy during the run). I picked these ones because they had the most bang for the buck, plus the fewest calories (90 per pack).
And for my super excellent trick to get me out of bed for that Sunday run, I packed my gym bag and ice bag ahead of time, and went to sleep in my run clothes in order to be half ready as I wake up... (lol).
So, six am arrives with the ringing of my alarm. Ugh. But up I go. Sooo not in the mood. Sooo scared. But I get ready, get in the car and make it in to the beach where our group meets.
Beautiful morning... Gorgeous sunrise... but this time I did not notice at all. I drink my pre-workout mix and was just concentrate on my knee. I had on the band on my left knee and the brace on my right knee for better support. By the time I got warmed up I realized my left knee was good and my right knee was doing all right. So I took off the brace all together and switched the band to use on my right knee instead of on the left.
And off we go. **Mile 1. A-ok. I get started well. My right knee is tender, but keeping up well. Just concentrating on my breathing and staying ahead of my time. And I made sure I took one of my energy packs during the first 20 minutes of my run.
**Mile 2, I get my rhythm going, but I feel an additional twinge in my right knee that is worrisome. Hugh... I sigh to myself. I know what it is. And I know what's going to happen.
**Mile 3, I've lost my concentration, but I keep going. I drink my water and gatorade for hydration and keep up my pace careful not to pound my right knee.
**Mile 4, I do a mental check on my breathing and lungs. Ok, not great, but ok. I do a mental check on my left knee. It's perfect! With absolutely no support! I'm so pleased. That apparently means it's healing nicely if not completely healed from my turmoil back in November. Then I do a mental check on my right knee. It's terrible...!!! (lol)... so contrasting that I just had to laugh. I knew right then and there that if I was to do the Half Marathon in a few weeks, I absolutely canNOT push my knee right now. So I turn around and start rounding back in.
**Mile 4.5, my right knee is still mobile, but it feels like lead with every movement. I take it easy careful not to pound my foot and just keep going.
**Mile 5, I bring myself back in to start point walking. I get in and immediately go for my ice pack. I prop it up and let it cool over the area and just wait for my group to trickle back in.
So I only completed 5 out of the hopeful 11 training miles for Sunday. Boo... (sigh)
After I finished and visited with a few people who came in (actually a lot didn't complete the whole training mileage like me), I felt a little lowsy so I went out to the beach to kind of just find solace.
(((Sidenote: Here's some pics of the boardwalk path, when the actual "boardwalk" ends. We call this "Cat Alley" because a whole bunch of kitties live here...so cute... until you start running and a black cat crosses in front of your path... (lol)
And here's headed out to the beach...
I love this sand. Not like Jamaica fine white powdered sand, but still nice...)))
So just being out there with the cool ocean breeze, I find my comfort. I remember, I took a deep breath, and let the disappointment go. You just can't dwell on the setbacks when you're moving forward... you know?
So anyway, the knee is still bugging me. Not terribly so anymore (as it is at least healing), but bugging me nonetheless. I will be upping my Glucosamine and Fish Oil over the next two weeks to supercharge my healing. And also I'll continue icing my knee everyday and working on mobility. I'm also wearing the brace when I get home and especially when I sleep so that I can stabilize my patella in my normal movements.
So hopefully it will be a swift healing and I'll be ready for the big day. Two weeks and counting. Crazy indeed.
It's so strange how all your goals and deadlines kind of just creep up on you, right? I mean, mine is right around the corner! Wow. And I could so use this as an excuse to back out, but I'm deciding not to. You guys have cheered me on and encouraged me from day one... so.. I DO IT FOR YOU!!! (laughing) Get it? A-Team?
Pray for me... for swift healing... and....
Hugs to all! I hope you're having a wonderful week so far my SP friends... you guys make me stonger. :D
Here's a total pic of me "post run" from Sunday. I didn't have anyone to take a picture of me so I just snapped a reflection pic in the side of my car... (lol)... kind of worked. Ha...
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