It's been an interesting last 2+ weeks. Here we go:
February 8th - I accomplished something today that I didn't think was physically possible for me to do, run for longer than 2 hours. I think one of the reasons that I had always thought running was so hard was because I couldn't image my body running without stopping for that long. Well on Saturday, Feb. 8th I ran 12.5 miles and it took me 2 hours and 3 minutes. I did walk about 0.45 of a mile all added up throughout the 12.5 miles but basically I can for 2+ hours! It was a milestone for me and one that I really am proud of proving myself wrong.
February 9th - I had my 2nd dress fitting/ kinda 1st because it was the first time she was going to really start forming it to me. When I went in the 1st time she couldn't grab anything and it was super tight. This time she is going to have to take an inch in from both sides and tuck it under my boobs! I lost 7.7lbs in 4 weeks but what I was shocked about was the toning and inches that I had lost. I really can only chalk it up to the running because I hadn't changed my diet enough to make that big of a change, or at least I didn't think so. My seamstress told me I couldn't lose much more as the structure of the dress can only be taken in so far without having to alter it and that is a huge job sooo - that cheeseburger I had been craving for months, I went and got it that night! :) Treated myself to deliciousness.
The gun goes off and I start running and I literally can not feel my body. I am numb to the bone! Around mile 3 I finally start feeling myself and my knee, which hasn't ever given me a problem while training, only afterwards kicks in ad starts throbbing (it's a swimming injury from my freshman year in college, basically 10 years ago). I can only imagine it's the cold that aggravated it since we basically started without a warm-up because we waited 40 minutes in 34 degree weather and then started running right away. I had to deal with a knee I wanted to chop off for 10 miles! It was miserable to say the least. To top it off it there was this wind that just would blow right through you and make you shutter. I kept picturing myself laying on a warm beach somewhere basking in the sun. However, I just kept running but did listen to my body and walked a bit too. More than I wanted too, but I knew it was for the best. Finally I saw the finish line and dug deep for anything left in my tank to finish strong. 2:14.25 - not want I wanted but under the 2:15 goal I had set for myself so I couldn't complain. I had finished my very first 1/2 marathon! I couldn't be prouder of myself.
Flash forward, February 17th Evening - I can't walk! My knee is screaming at me and I'm still cold. We are over at a friend's house and all I can think about it laying down and sleeping. Everyone is standing around in the kitchen and I grab a tall boy chair and sit because I physically can't stand any longer. At 8am I head out and go to bed, my body has nothing left!
February 18th - I was one of the lucky people that didn't get President's Day off and had to go to work. I hobble around like an old person with everyone asking me what was wrong. I decide after talking with some runner friends to take the week off and do a small run on Sunday and hit it back the following week.
February 24th - 1st day back on the pavement since my 1/2 Marathon. My knee was feeling much better with the weeks rest. I decide to do 4 miles just easy and see how it goes. Well my stupid butt takes it out way to fast and by mile 2 I'm feeling it. I back off and just finish. My knee feels okay. I am very aware it's there, but it's not throbbing so I chalk that up as a win win! However the outside side of my left foot starts cramping and walking is difficult. Even this morning (Feb. 25th) it's still hurting so I am wearing tennis shoes for support.
New Shoes - After my run on Feb 24th, I decide to go to a local running shop to get fitted for new pair of shoes since the current pair is just about shot (using through my next race, a 15K on March 9th) and I can't find that shoe online in my size anymore. I'm definitely an Asics girl! However while running on the treadmill trying out the new shoes the sales guy asks me why I'm favoring my left knee. I tell him it's been giving me some issues since the Donna. He throws a compression knee brace on me, SOLD that thing is fantastic! Picked out my new shoes but they are on order since they didn't have the color I wanted in stock. Looking forward to getting them soon though!
New Week - This week I am going to get back at it in terms of running. Keeping the intensity down and just getting in the mileage. 3 miles tomorrow, 5 on Wednesday, 3 again on Thursday and 10 on the weekend. The following week is taper down again since the 15K is on that Saturday, March 9th. Here we go again!