Still Injured – Now What?!

I haven’t posted anything lately, mainly because I have been out of commission (with running) since my last half marathon. The day after the race, my knee was in it’s worst shape yet and it only went downhill from there. I took a couple of weeks off which was horrible, awful, miserable, any negative adjective you can think of, and just plain boring! This past Sunday, about 5 days ago, I decided to give it a try with a short and quick 4 mile run. Hello big mistake. Now the pain and swelling is in both of  my knees, awesome right?! Despite the injury issues I’m having right now, I still signed up for my second half marathon! (maybe it was a little in spite of current circumstances) My next half is going to be the Timp (Timpanogos) Half in Utah, at the end of July. I’m also doing the Color Me Rad 5K at the end of June which I’m hoping I’ll be recovered and ready to run by then. Without being able to get up every day and run, my thoughts on the sport have changed entirely. I never used to call myself a “runner”, I just never thought I fit that classification, even though people will tell you anyone who runs is a “runner”. For me personally, I just didn’t think it fit. I had it in my head that I didn’t enjoy the actual act of running, just the feeling of accomplishment that comes after finishing a long run, or PR’ing when you didn’t think you had it in you. Now that I can’t do it anymore (for the time being) I would give anything to be outside on a nice day, on my favorite trail, escaping reality and just running…and doing it all for no one other than myself. If anyone were to ask me now, I’d say I fit the description of a runner 🙂

I would go crazy if I wasn’t able to get a workout/activity in in some form, so I have gotten creative with staying in the best running shape I can without actually running. I found a pretty awesome filler activity, mountain biking! I think I am having more fun riding my bike as an adult than I did as a kid, but I think the scenery and the trails in Utah may play a little part in that. I recently purchased a new mountain bike from Jans out here in Park City. I haven’t hit any of the hard stuff yet, but even on the easier trails you definitely feel the burn. In an earlier post I mentioned that one of my loves for running came from the simple fact that it could take me to some really cool places. I have a sneaky suspicion that mountain biking is going to do the same thing. As much as I don’t like to admit it, I’ve also taken up a new hobby in the form of a workout video, gasp, I know. However, the results are there! I’ve been doing the Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, and I will absolutely testify to the video, it’s not easy and you will see results! Even so, this is temporary until I get the knee situation figured out!

I’m hoping to be back on the running train within a few weeks with a new training plan for Half Marathon #2!

 

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

 

*Enjoy!


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My First Half Marathon – The Results

Yesterday I ran my first half marathon, and it’s safe to say I am addicted! I’m already looking for my next race. One of my favorite things about racing is the places it can take you. For someone who loves to travel and see new places, it will make every race different and every race as exciting as the first.

My first half was the Dino Half in Vernal, Utah. It is a beautiful run down Dry Fork Canyon and back into town. Just as a short recap, I decided I was going to run this race about a month in advance, which didn’t leave a whole lot of room to get in a half marathon training plan. Well, about a week and a half before my race I was on a 6 mile day, and on my first step out the door I felt a shooting pain go through my right knee. It continued with every step for the next 6 miles. Hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have finished my run that day, I assume it has a lot to do with what came next. That night my knee was swollen about twice it’s normal size and I could barely walk. This continued for the next week and it finally felt better the Friday before race day. So I made the decision that I would run the race, and if I had to, I would take time off and give it the necessary rest afterwards. Words can’t describe how happy I am to have made that decision. I went into the race with a goal to run it in under 2 hours, but I wasn’t going to push it if my knee was really hurting. I am very happy to report that I finished the race in 1:58:02! I was pacing quite a bit ahead of that until mile 11.5. I hit a wall and just couldn’t come back from it. Needless to say, I was a little disappointed when this happened. But hey, it was only my first, I have plenty of races and time to improve. I think the “first race” jitters may have given me a little boost as well. I think I had a smile plastered on my face for the entire first 10 miles!

In love with my first medal!

In love with my first medal!

I think I’ll be staying off of my knee for the next week or so, but lucky for me, I don’t consider mountain biking to be strenuous on the joints. So I’ll still be out and about!

What was your first half (or full!) marathon like?