So… I have 37 days until my half marathon! Yep, just 5 weeks! Can you feel my panic, yet? I am freaking OUT! On July 10th, I ran 10 miles. The next day, my knee was killing me, so I didn’t run again for a WEEK – a whole freakin’ week!! Since then, I’ve been getting back to it, but the longest I’ve gone is 6 miles. I’m trying to build back up without aggravating my knee, so I’m doing lots of cross-training (like, once a week). I’m also keeping my mileage lower and trying to listen to my body. That scares the CRAP out of me! Based on my original training plan, I should be running 38 miles this week – including a 12 mile long run. I’m actually going to hit about 20, and that’s only if I manage my full 8 mile long run on Sunday. I’ve switched over to Higdon’s Half Marathon training plan, and that puts me right where I should be… IF I finish this week without any issues and am able to progress on to next week.
I really just don’t feel like I’ve been running enough to be ready in time, and I hate that my knee keeps locking up. I never know when it will happen, and I haven’t figured out how to fix it. I’ll wake up one morning after a run (anything beyond 5 miles has the potential to upset it), and my right knee won’t bend right. It doesn’t really “hurt;” it just feels stuck – like it needs to pop, but trying to pop it makes it feel like the whole thing might shatter or explode. It will be hard to go up and down steps, and I’ll only be able to run with a severe limp (which causes 18 billion other pains, so I don’t do it). Eventually, it will pop – sometimes once, sometimes several times in a row, and then it feels completely normal again. I have learned that the weight of a roller blade, combined with the kicking motion of skating, will sometimes get it to pop. That’s why I’ve been doing so much skating for cross training. Unfortunately, the skating rink is 90 minutes away. With my schedule (teachers go back Aug 8th!), I don’t see myself skating anymore this summer. So… here’s to hoping my knee doesn’t freak out! If I can move forward with training from here, I’ll be okay – I think.
Apparently, keeping things under control on this last vacation paid off! I weighed in this morning, and was pleasantly surprised:
I’m SO ready to go back to steady (no matter how slow) weight LOSS. This actually makes 6 weeks in a row that my weight has gone down (if only a smidge).