Ringing in the New Year…January 3, 2012 at 10:10 am | Posted in And I ran (I ran so far away) | 2 Comments
… with a fever. Poor O.
We spent an overnight with my BFF and her family, and O seemed fine the whole time. On the way home, though, he started complaining about the fact that his knees and his mouth hurt. (Funnily enough, I knew what he was talking about. Whenever I get sick or I’m overtired, my legs always HURT. Yep, he’s my kid.)
I rang in my new year with a 4 mile race. Since my marathon, I’ve not been able to run much at all from the IT Band tendonitis. Literally I’ve run ONE 4 mile run, and it was really hard. So I was actually a little nervous about finishing this race.
Sort of shocking how quickly I’ve lost all that marathon fitness. *sigh*
But anyway, I met my two girlfriends from my running club and did a 1 mile warmup, then got a good stretch in.
And so I felt pretty good when the race started. So I took off. When the first mile on my garmin beeped, I looked down… and realized I was running WAY too fast.
Which meant by mile 2 I needed to take walk breaks. Short ones, but walk breaks nonetheless.
That said, I finished within a reasonable time for me, and I had NO pain during the race itself. Which was awesome.
So I started my 8 week half marathon training program for the half I’m running at the end of February. The mileage, when I first looked at it, was completely underwhelming. But as it turns out, I was sore today, so 2 miles was really good.
The goal for this half is to avoid injury while I get back into running and build some cross training into my routine. I’ve signed up for an 8 week triathlon swim class which starts on Thursday, so plan for now is swimming 2x a week and strength training (i.e. PT) 1x a week. I think this is doable.
So here we go. New year, new goals.