Last night, I ran 5 miles.
Admittedly, I kind of put this run off. I was planning to run them on Saturday. Friday, after work, I went for a spin class…one of the toughest spin classes I've ever done…and chased it with a 3 mile run on the Mount Vernon Trail.
Cut to Saturday morning when I was tremendously sore (and slightly hungover) and I knew that despite the warm temperatures that would hit DC later that day, I needed to call it a rest day.
Sunday got ahead of me and here I was Monday with 5 miles that I still needed to swallow.
It didn't feel great, but it didn't feel bad. I wore a new pair of shoes (which my PT told me this morning that I shouldn't actually be doing until I’m 100% comfortable running again) and felt some twinges along the way, but I focused on my form and I made it.
I got home and stretched. This morning, I went to PT and I’m feeling pretty good.
I’m still worried about my knee. After all, it was at Mile 12 of an 18 mile run when my knee gave out and I decided not to run Marine Corps. I still ran for almost 6 weeks after that…pain free up to about 8 miles too, so I keep telling myself…when I can run 5 miles…or 6 miles…or 8 miles…I’ll be ok.
But really, I’m fine. I was discharged from PT this morning. I’ve been working hard at getting better and I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to successfully train for the Nike Women’s Half.
I’m not running Cherry Blossom though.
This will be the third time that something is preventing me from running Cherry Blossom. I think I’m giving up after this. I just don’t think it’s smart to try and jump from 5 miles to 10 miles in two weeks without risking injury again.
So, what is my plan moving forward?
Nike Women’s is April 27th. I’m pretty sure I can be ready for that. It won’t be my fastest half, that’s for sure, but my goal is to train successfully and finish.
After that? There’s a Half the last weekend in May that I’m hoping The Pilot and I can run together, but that all depends on whether he gets that weekend off.
I wanted to make my way to Eugene to run the Eugene Marathon this summer, but I’ve decided against. It. I don’t think I’m in shape to start training for a marathon right now (I still don’t feel 100% in my runs and I’m really slow), so I’m going to take the summer to work on getting my distance and speed up.
Right now, I’m on the fence between the Richmond and Philly Marathons in November. I’m leaning toward Richmond because when I ran it last, it was 65 degrees at the Finish and absolutely perfect…but I don’t know if that was a fluke.
I absolutely loved the Philly Marathon (my first) and would love to revisit it as my first marathon in 2 years (ugh that hurts) and my 5th attempt at a sub-4 race, but I hate running in the cold.
So, 2014 is going to be a slow running year. It may not be my year to go sub-4 but right now, I’m just focusing on running strong again and one day, one day I will take 1 minute and 6 seconds off my marathon time to finally get that sub-4 beast off my back.