When I last left you, I was feeling pretty down about being injured.  I was so sore and uncomfortable and even walking was causing discomfort.  I saw my physio right away and got stretched and massaged out.  I was re-assured that the injury wasn’t major, but that I needed to make some changes.  I took the week off from running, which pretty much made me crazy, and was able to walk, bike, and strength train instead.  I made sure I stretched, massaged, and foam rolled like I had never done before.  And now I need to make sure I stay on top of it.

When I woke up Monday, I felt SO much better.  When I went to the gym, I was able to manage 2 miles at a pretty slow pace, alternating with walking when I needed to.  I felt pretty good after and was so glad I was able to manage 2 miles with out any pain.

Tuesday I went to physio again and also Pilates class.

Wednesday I took the day off.

Thursday I warmed up on the bike and then ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill without too much discomfort.  I was wearing the newer trainers, whereas on Monday I was wearing older ones, and I’m wondering if it’s the newer shoes.  Hmmm.

Friday I was really lazy and had every intention of going to the gym but OINTNB.  You get me.

Today, I ran outside (since for once the sun was outish) 5K and felt pretty good.  I did have to take a few walk breaks, and I did notice that the newer sneakers don’t feel as “loose” as the older ones.  I think it’s time for another gait analysis.

All in all, it was a good week.  I have decided to modify my training schedule, and slowly build up my mileage again.  I’m a bit disappointed to not be working on speed vs distance, but right now the goal is to remain healthy while training.

And hopefully I will remember every Saturday to write up a brief update on the week.  I meant to do this last year and never did, and I think it will be beneficial to me and to others (if anyone else who is a slow runner who is thinking about running a half).

I’ll start with the news.  I had my second annual review to discuss the progress I needed to make this summer.  I am pleased to say that I met the goals that I worked very hard to attain this summer and I am able to continue on.  This means I can finally look past my birthday in terms of things that I want to do, places I want to go, concerts I want to see, etc.  I have a lot of work to do, but I hope that I can meet the goals that I have and earn this PhD.

 

As far as half-marathon training, this was week 9.  I hadn’t written about the training before now, because honestly, I didn’t think I would get this far.  In fact, I haven’t even registered for the run.  I’m still that hesitant.

This week’s training was fine.  I had to cut a mile off my Tuesday run, because of my deadline, but the other two runs were fine.  I even was able to make it to Pilates on Wednesday, which was much needed.

Most of my issues are mental at this point.  It’s so hard to look at my times and see how far behind I am other runners my age.  I’m literally taking twice as long to complete runs as most other people and it’s so hard.  I know I’ve done this to myself, and I know it won’t change overnight, but I am very disappointed in myself, that I couldn’t follow through with the goals I set for myself that I hoped to achieve by my 40th birthday.  I’ll still be about 40 pounds more than I wanted for that, and it’s very discouraging.  No wonder I’m so slow!

It honestly makes me wonder if I should even bother doing the run.  I’m going to take a ridiculously long time and it’s going to be hard.  I keep saying after every long run, if it goes ok that I’ll register.  And I still haven’t the courage.  Next Sunday’s run is 9 miles, my longest run ever and it’s a bit daunting to be honest.

Hopefully by then I will have made a decision.

 

Here’s a picture of Bailey from earlier today.

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