Wow. I can't believe it's been over a year since I have posted anything on this site... so sorry!
-I am no longer in school, or an undergrad! Yay! I am an a-dult now :(
-Injury free for about 8 months now! Yes!
-Back to running on a daily basis
-I recently ran Chicago!!!!
I have been hesitant in regards to updating this blog, but might as well! I like to keep track of alot of things and look back on training as well as accomplishments. I'd like to think I have accomplished alot during these past months. For one, I am still learning to be patient with recovery. I got myself into a lot of trouble in 2013 due to that, as well as being stubborn (woops).
It's good to wind down and think about the little things in life. Be grateful to be able to run, walk, move! It has been a very humbling experience to be able to start all over. I had to "learn" how to run again. I had to be patient with my legs and not rush the moment. Every planned work out was not going to turn out the way I wanted, or the pace I wanted. I took things a little too fast when I first got the green flag to start the walk-to-run program. WOMP WOMP. and re-injured myself. Talk about making the same mistake twice.
From that mistake in early 2014, I told myself, not again. I ran without a watch, without music. I listened to every message my body was going to tell me. Every week I would assess how I was doing and before I knew it, June came along. I had been running 10-15 miles weekly for the past 3 and a half months, I knew I was going to be ready for the Chicago Marathon by October.
then BAM! JV got injured.
Fast forward to 9 weeks before the marathon, we're slowly building up our mileage again. I was a-okay. He decided not to race and together we decided to run the marathon for fun. With 8 weeks of training, we toed the start line with hopes to finish in one piece (and all toenails intact) -- of course more on that later!
The goal for now:
Reflect on this past training cycle and share what it was like to run a marathon with so little training.
Reflect on 12 months stuck in an injury cycle.
Smile and be thankful that I am past all that :)