The Verdict on Race Day

Hello, dear readers!

In my last post, I told you about my knee problems and how I was on the fence about running this race I’ve been training so hard for and working toward for six months now (!!).

Well, Saturday was my last long run in my training plan. Originally, I was slated to run 14 miles that day, but between the knee injury and a sinus infection last month, I was in no position to attempt that. In fact, I wasn’t sure how the run would go at all, or if I’d even make it through. So I told myself that I would attempt to run the race course route, and if I made it all the way through, I would give myself the green light. My motto for the run was “run, walk, limp, or crawl,” and I did, in fact, finish the course! It was over 30 minutes slower than the pace I could have finished at if my knee hadn’t crapped out on me, but at this point, I just really want to finish that 13.1.

So the verdict is officially that the race is a go, and over these next two weeks, I’ll be icing and stretching my knee like crazy, and taking it easy on my runs. I’m a little nervous about how much I’ll have to walk on race day, but I’m trying to stay positive and remember that this will be an enormous accomplishment, no matter how slowly I get to that finish line.

Any runners out there have some positive stories for me about a race you did that you were nervous about?

Non runners: I promise I’ll stop obsessively posting about running in just a couple of weeks!

Tuesday Catch-Up

So, I originally wrote this post on Sunday, but my computer crashed and I lost all of it. I stayed mad for a couple of days, but I’m posting now :)

Dear readers, I have missed you! The last couple of months have been absolutely insane. I just wanted to take a minute to play catch-up on what’s been going on with me (leave me what’s been going on with you in the comments!) and get back to the meatier, themed posts later. So here’s what’s been keeping me too busy to blog:

1. Work
The fall is crazy at work. One of the nice things about working at a university is that a lot of the time, summers are quieter, but as soon as the students get back at the end of August, things really pick back up. It can be exhausting, but it’s also fun to see the campus buzz back to life after a long summer off for the students.

2. School
This semester, I have a 16-week class, and I just finished an 8-week class, which was extremely fast-paced and writing-intensive. But guess what?! I got 100% in that class! Woo hoo! And now it’s over, but my other class is getting busy, too, with two major projects and a paper standing between me and the end of the semester in December.

3. Family
Baby I’s terrible twos aren’t really terrible, but they do require a lot of work. Two year olds are crazy adorable, but they are also crazy messy, inquisitive, and they need your undivided attention at all times. There is definitely never a dull moment with her around! A also has been doing great with his barber shop, but he also works 6 days a week, so we only get Sundays together as a family. That’s pretty difficult, but things could be so much worse. We are very, very fortunate and blessed. I’m trying to enjoy every moment we have as a family right now.

4. Training
My half-marathon is now less than 3 weeks away, and you guys, I have bad news. I tried for a long run (13 miles) on Sunday, and I only made it 3, because the outside of my left knee was killing me. This was the first time that ever happened. It still kind of hurts two days later, and I’m getting really nervous about what this is going to mean for the race. I have been training for six months now, and I am bound and determined to finish that race, even if it means I’m the last one across the finish line.

That’s the gist of it. I hope that life begins to stabilize soon and I can blog regularly again.

Readers: what’s the best book you’ve read this year? Runners: Any advice for knee problems? 

Running Update: Two More Months!

Hi, readers! Two things:

1 – today marks just two more months until the half-marathon! Several friend have asked how I’m feeling about it, and I tell them that, at this point, I’m confident that I will finish, but I’m not confident that I won’t be dead last. But, you know what? I think I’d be okay with that at this point. Training and running has done so much for me, it’s just not even about race day anymore, though I know it will be the icing on the cake; a great accomplishment and a fun day.

2 – I totally accidentally hit “publish” on this post earlier, even though it was still in draft stage. I don’t know if y’all got emails for it, or what, but sorry.

Okay, now for the running update! Here are all my training runs since my last update post. As per usual, I’ve begun the numbering where I left off, in case you’re following along.

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Running Update: Pain in the Keister

Hello, friends! I just finished an exhausting summer semester of school, but I’ve still been running and training for my half marathon in November. Between those things, work, and taking care of A and Baby I, I haven’t had a whole lot of time to blog, but I’m hoping to change that during my few precious days off before fall semester begins.

Anyway, I am still loving running. Sometimes it is difficult to get myself out of bed in the morning and get going, but I’m always happy I went running. One thing has been a literal pain-in-the-butt lately, though: Sciatica.

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