July 8, 2014

On Running

A few weeks ago, I had a bump in the road when I headed out for a 4 mile run and my knee gave out 2 1/2 miles in. I threw myself a giant pity party for 24 hours and then I got over it.

Since then, I've kept up with PT, I've been running 3 times a week and doing all of my warm up exercises beforehand.

I've majorly slacked on the single leg squats I should be doing, and I'd really like to get back up to running 4 times a week, but truth be told? Not running for nearly a year has made it really hard to get back into the swing of things, no matter how much I miss it.

This week, my goal is to run 4 times and get in a decent "long" run of 5 or 6 miles on the weekend. I've been doing a lot of ab work lately, which I think makes up for the lack of single leg squats in my life, since I'm working my core. Now, if I can just put it all together...

I go back and forth with whether I want to run a fall marathon. For awhile, I was thinking about running Richmond, but that would require me to start training in 2 weeks, and I just don't know if I'm ready to put myself through that and risk reinjuring my already reinjured self.

There's also the fact that our wedding will fall right in the middle of training. While I'm comfortable taking time of from training, I don't know that that would be the best thing for my injured self.

For the first time since I started running again, I'm starting to feel good about running. I'm not constantly worried that my knee will give out. It feels strong, and I'm in a good place, but I'm still hesitant to jump back into things.

This November will mark two years since I've run a marathon. I hate that. I'm dying to run one this year. While I think Richmond might be a little early in terms of training/wedding, Philly (two weeks after Richmond) and Rehoboth (two weeks after Philly), both look promising.

My PT thinks I could run Richmond, but I've been really conservative with upping my mileage. This week though, it's time to just get over it and go for it. So, 5 or 6 miles it will be, and then we'll reevaluate where I am. Of the three races, Richmond is my first choice, because it's much warmer than Philly or Rehoboth will be and I hate racing in the cold. But, running a marathon 6 weeks after I get married, may not be the wisest choice.

So, in an effort to turn this back into a running blog, that's where I am. I overslept this morning (oops!) but plan to get in an easy 3 or 4 after work today. For some reason, my legs have been toast lately...then again, I am in a challenge to walk 10,000+ steps every day this month, so that could be it...

So that's where I'm at! 
What do you think?


  1. how about a fall half and a spring full?

  2. I think maybe it would be better to do a half in the fall or wait til the spring!! It just seems a little risk to increase to SO many miles especially with your wedding coming up (!! SO EXCITING, btw).

  3. Run Rehoboth!!! I've run the past 2 years and will be back again this year and it hasn't been cold for me. Usually high forties, low fifties, the only issue is the humidity. But, it's a really well organized race and the Dogfish Head brewpub is right there!!!

  4. My friend runs Richmond, heard really good things about it. Plus you can sign up late, it doesn't sell out.

  5. I think you have a great attitude, and if you feel like you can run Richmond you TOTALLY should go for it!!! :)

  6. Ahh same (or at least similar boat I was in). I think you should do a spring marathon and spend the summer/fall getting back into the swing of things and building strength (and maybe speed). You want to be able to keep running and stay injury free, and allowing your body (and mind) the time to get your mileage back up will be better in the long term. I'm a bit biased I guess, since I was having similar debates. But after FINALLY making the decision to do a spring marathon instead, I'm feeling much better about things and WAY less stressed.


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