Saturday, September 27, 2014

On Your Mark, Get Set.......

"Go" did not come next for me for the Women's Half Marathon today. I did not get to particpate in the race like I had hoped. I didn't get the pre race gitters, chat with other runners or get the feeling that I was about to hurl my breakfast. No, instead I followed doctors orders and skipped on the race. Even walking it as I planned to do, I was told I could still quite possibly do more damage to my ankle. That was something I really did not want. Even though everyone that I asked for their opinion said "don't do it." It took the doctor telling me "no" for it to sink in. I guess you could say it was the final nail going into the coffin of no running.

I missed going to pick up my packet, stroll around the expo and just the atmosphere in general. This is by far my favorite race to run. I guess because it was my first half and I love the course. Even with the hills Nashville provides. It's amazing.  I'm sad I didn't receive that 3rd medal, even though this years looked way to much like last years. (Really, can we not come up with anything different?) But still I'll miss it. Also, I'll miss out on receiving another medal/charm for doing the race 3 years in a row. Kinda bummed about that too. I guess the 3rd time wasn't my charm. I just have to remember that God has other plans. And if I am honest with myself, I feel it was for the best.

3rd time is not always a charm

I know there will always be races but it kinda stings a little even when you can't do them. But as my running buddy Miranda said she would rather me be able to run all the races instead of just walk one. (something along those lines, I couldn't find the post on Facebook). ;) Which is so true. My next race is the Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge in February. So for now, I'm going to focus on getting back into my running slowly and continue to hit the gym. (Pss...if you are a runner, I highly suggest going to the gym as well. Even with the few runs I've did I can already tell I'm not getting as tired as I did before the injury).

Today, I went for a run and the goal was 1.5 miles but I ended up doing 2 miles in 27 minutes. I'm not stressing too much on pace right now. My goal is to just run with no pain and to be able to work on running without taking breaks. At the moment, I am stopping to walk a bit but I do it after reaching my goal which right now is a mile. So far I've been able to do that each time. I think my next goal will be running 1.5 without stopping. Since I'm starting completely over, I want to be a much stronger runner now. Hopefully in a few weeks, I can work on hitting the pace faster. I think right now I'm still holding back because I don't want to overdo with the ankle.

So onward with getting back into running like I so love to do. I have really missed it.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

And So I Ran

Yesterday was the big day...I finally got to test out the ankle and go for a run. I was so excited all day at work and couldn't wait until it was time to clock out. I texted my running buddies to see if anyone was running. And let's be honest, it felt kinda weird texting them. Kinda like the odd girl left out and trying to get into the cool group. ;) I believe I felt this way, well because I hadn't ran with any of them since May. Luckily, two of them were planning to run 3 miles. I was even more excited then.

Until I got to our meeting place.....

I was the first to arrive and while I stretched and stretched (which I never really did before) I felt like I was about to puke. The whole drive into town, I was a nervous wreck. I believe it was worse than I usually am on race day. I chugged my pre-workout down (well duh, still gotta workout) and as I did each time I felt worse and worse. Miranda pulls up and it only gets worse by then. Because this was really about to happen...running. I honestly did not feel ready at all. I kept second guessing myself. Alot. My mind kept telling me "you aren't ready for this." Or "you need more time." "What if you step on a rock?!" Seriously, I had to tell myself to just try it and to shut up. ;) Miranda wanted to snap a photo before we started. She was pretty excited to have me back I guess. ;) ha

Here I was trying to hold back the sickness. ;)
I still look cute right?!

Sherry asked what was the plan. And I really had no idea. I mainly wanted to shoot for 15 minutes without stopping and see how it went. I figured with me starting all over, that would be about a mile. She suggested running to Hardees to see how I felt. And so...we started. 

I ended up running the full mile without stopping and seriously felt like I could have kept going. Well, I kinda did. Instead of doing just the mile, ended up doing 3.3 miles. It just felt so good to be back out there running. The ankle held up really well. No pain while running. I did notice that I would my landing was different at times. But still no pain. When I would stop to walk a bit, even though I felt I could have kept running, if I started back to running my ankle would be a little stiff and sore but after a bit it would stop. I actually felt really strong. Usually my upper body feels so drained by the time I finish a run. But this time, I felt amazing. 

I really have to credit hitting the gym everyday for this. Even though my lower body lost all the muscle I had before the injury, I feel so much stronger now. I can't wait to get back to my regular running schedule. So, my advice is if you are injured still hit the gym if your doctor gives the ok. Because its true, to excel in running you really need a strong upper body. And right after stretching from running, I hopped in the car and took off to the gym to do some upper body workouts. I was super exhausted but went anyway. 

Not to shabby considering its my first real run in 4 months!

I decided today needed to be a rest day. No more running for the remainder of the week. And when I do go for a run next time, I still to do just 15 minutes. I really don't want to over do it or cause another injury. No matter how much my inner Forrest Gump tries to come out. I'll have to remind myself baby steps. But I do feel pretty strong about my upcoming half this month. But I think I may bow out of the half coming up 2 weeks after it. It seems like its too much too soon for that many miles so close together. 

It's good to be back!!!!