Since September 9, I have been what I call really and truly running again. I tore my calf this summer in the beginning of July. That was really the last time I ran. I had been cross training and seeing Dr. Ball for about 8 weeks. The calf tear took much longer than I anticipated.
When I first moved to Phoenix at the end of June I was amazed by this place I now call home. It was my paradise. Yes, it was a bit warm from what I have been used to for the past few years but I knew this was the place I could really see myself taking off and going after my dreams. After I tore my calf I decided that if I really want to take my running seriously then I need to make the RIGHT decisions. So I hired a coach, Brett Schumacher. He has been very patient with me and has given me hope in my ability. The road ahead is not going to be easy. He keeps informing me we may take 10 steps forward only to take 2 steps back, but at the end of the day I will be 8 steps ahead of where I started.
Since I have not trained with intensity in nearly 10 years this transition will be brutal. My first run back on September 9th, I ran 5 miles averaging 7:23 pace. I was more than ecstatic. I was off to an amazing start. two days later I had another 5 miles averaging 8:17 pace. Once again a run most should be proud of, however, my mindset has always been that my runs can not get slower. I always thought I had to run faster than I did the day before. This was the wrong way of thinking. A mind set like this would only result in failures. For 10 weeks I built my base and continued to grow and develop as a runner. Then “injury” set in, November 17th was my last day to run a significant amount. As Brett keeps reminding me, this is going to be a long slow battle for several months till I become strong again. My right calf the one I tore this summer started flaring up a bit. The pain became very uncomfortable. I guess this was my 2 steps back. I was very ups set during the 2 weeks prior to my Turkey Trot race.Thanks to Tendinitis I have had to take it easy, however, I managed to get one more progression run in 5 days before the race. I think this was to give me a bit of confidence to prove to myself that I can not be defeated by TENDINITIS!! I tried to look at these 2 weeks prior to the race as a chance for my body to heal up a bit so I would not be super tired and beat up for the race. I am working very hard at turning all the negatives that will be popping up in stride and finding the positive in every situation. If I want to succeed I can not let the hiccups along the way defeat me. Sure tendinitis is quite a burden and quite painful, but it is something I can train through.
Turkey day came here quickly and although I could feel the tendinitis, I knew once the race started I could tuck the pain away for 17 minutes. I am pretty sure a gobble sound started all of the runners, and before you knew it we were off. I can’t tell you how great it felt to be in a crowd again racing. I have done little 5ks here and there for fun just to prove that I could still do it, but now I am actually going to be chasing a dream. I crossed the finish line of the 3.2 mile course in 17:56. My GPS tracked me at 17:19 for the actual 3.1 miles. It is crazy to think that I set a personal record at the (5k)3.1 mile mark. This only makes me excited for this spring when I get to run some track races. Even with the hiccups along the way anything is possible. A positive mindset and trump most things in life!
As for now I have a week of cross training with light running just so my legs don’t forget what running feels like. This way my tendinitis settles down some so I can get back to training as soon as possible. I have big goals in sight. I just have to stay positive and not give up. Not one successful runner goes out and trains everyday pain free. It is part of the job. I can not let myself get beat down when things get tough. This is the attitude adjustment I am making this time around. I only have one more shot at this whole running thing and I am going to go about it the right way. I will make mistakes, but the difference in this time around is that I will learn from them!
Here are some photos from this holiday weekend. It was a GREAT one!
This was my new running outfit for the race. I had to look stylish!! I think it is a runners MUST!
At the finish line!!
I was the first female finisher and won an apple pie which I could not eat, but no worries James had a slice. Maybe next year they will have gluten free alternatives for the runners ;)!!
James and I had a nice relaxing Thanksgiving dinner. We did things a bit differently with Turkey legs instead of the whole turkey. I did not want to be in the kitchen all day cooking for just the 2 of us. Our small little dinner was perfect! I could not have asked for a more peaceful dinner!
Then we started off the First of December with some Christmas Tree decorating!