1st one was less than a mile and my left outer knee was trying to mate with the inner knee...ie...I was in some nasty stabbing pain. I walked and cursed and walked some more but everytime I tried to run, I had to stop.....more cursing followed! I worked in a Nickle mine for 5 years out of high school...I really do know how to curse.
2nd run ended at about 2 miles. I really backed the pace off but that nasty pain was back. This time I just walked back to the wheels and called it a run.
3rd was last Tuesday......pain at 2 miles but not the same "make the big baby cry" pain. I did the walk run thing off and on till it hurt too much...and again, called it a run.
Now here is why this was a worry....I am running a 1/2 on Fathers Day with my brothers (3 of them), a few of the outlaws and son "B". The last thing I need is to be hobbled.
So I went for a run today and thought happy thoughts and about what I achieved a little over a week ago:
- I put my body through the wringer for about 18 of the 26.2 miles and survived.
- I learned that a Marathon is not 2 1/2 marathons combined. It is a totally different beast that has to be run with a different plan....it is not a linear race, it gets exponentially tougher every mile.
- I learned that all those little connector muscles that get hammered when 195 lbs stomps on them need a lot of time to recover if you went out too fast ( please see 1st bullet ) but they do get better.
Shawn is happy camper again and just had to tell everybody. I have 1 day of work left and then will have a week off where we will head West to see mine and the BOSS's family and be all together again for the first time in about 10 years. Put it this way, the BOSS has not even met her 7 yr old niece...ever. Amazing how the time fly's when everybody gets wrapped up in their own little world.
It has also been busy at work....I try not to talk about it too much because it does not define who I am. Family and my other interests I think are a better reflection of who I am.
I have been reading blogs but have just been foul about my knee. I was pretty disheartened to think that my "good" knee was giving me trouble....and a little jealous when reading about peoples sucess's and knowing I wasn't having the best "training" runs before my next race....hence no comments anywhere.
I will run again Saturday and Sunday and then the bird fly's west. Will do a couple of acclimatizing runs and then taper for the 1/2.
So thank-you all for the great comments on the Marathon post. It was the chocolate on the ice cream for me after my biggest running accomplishment to date.
Hope all those running this weekend have a great race and I will hopefully find a free WiFi connection somewhere out in the boonies to follow and post while I'm away.
Cheers and "chase your pace'!!!