I admit it, I am cheating...
Monday, February 22, 2010
because the doc told me no running for 6 more weeks. Well, that didn't last long. I actually did go back to walking for two weeks, then to run/walking for two weeks, and now I'm starting to go back to running. Here's the thing. There is no pain, not before the run, during the run, after the run, hours after the run, the day after the run. It's all gone. I have been doing lots of strength training - my PT and then some.
I have found that it is making a difference in my strength, especially in my ability to run hills. For example, 5 weeks ago, I did a 7.33 mile run on the Flying Pig course. Pace: 13:09 (not fast, but not really much slower than where I was last fall when I was in a lot of pain). This past weekend, I did 6.48 on the Flying Pig course, in mostly the same place (up the "big hill" and back down). Pace: 12:13. That's a minute difference in pace in a 5 week period. I attribute it to the strength training more than anything. I RAN all the way up the hill. Haven't done that since last March. And, I did have one mile where I was in the 10's!
It may not seem like much to those who regularly run their miles at 8-9 minutes per mile, but it's big to me. Because, I was training consistently at 9:30 per mile, and the injury made me SO much slower - up to 12:30-13:00 minutes per mile. And, now my averages are coming back down.
I know it will take a long time, but I think I can get back where I want to be with my running times.
I decided to forgo the full marathon in may, and run the half. I don't know if I'll PR, but since my only "official" half marathon time was 2:27 that I got while injured last year, I guess it is possible. My "unofficial" PR is a 2:07, but that is a marathon split (believe it or not). My race plan for the whole year is up in the air - I have the opportunity to race twice in March - but I don't know if I will do any racing until the Pig. Don't want to go too fast, too soon!
I have been trying so hard to remain positive about this whole thing, and think I have done a pretty good job - but understand that it is pretty hard for me to ALWAYS be positive. I'm fatter, and slower now. But I am NOT living every moment in my life in pain any more, and that is a positive thing.