This blog began as a way to document my training towards running a half marathon in under two hours. My first post partum half marathon was in March, and it was exhilarating to return to my favorite distance of 13.1. May was my second half-marathon, and it was the course where I was aiming for a sub-2. When that did not occur, and I wanted to continue pursuing my sub-2 goal, I decided I might as well run a half-marathon every month for 12 months until it happened.
October’s half-marathon marked 1/2 marathon number seven for the year,and number six for my goal. And folks, that’s where it ended. My half-marathon streak ended in October. Upsetting. Frustrating. Self-Pity. Jealousy. It was a cycle of various emotions. I was upset I was not able to accomplish my goal. Frustration was what I felt when I went on a nine mile run and I felt a sharp pain on my left heel. In fact, it was so painful, I could barely walk. Self-pity seeped in when I knew I’d have to admit it on my blog. Jealousy intermingled with both self-pity and frustration when I compared my mileage to those who average a whole lot more per month and seem to be immune to running injuries. Despite my whirlwind of emotions, I know that resting my foot is what is best for me in the long run. I’ve got a Marathon to run in May, and I don’t just want to cross the finish line strong, I actually want to make it to the starting line strong.
Now that I am in the acceptance stage, I’m maintaining physical strength by attending Crossfit classes four days out of the week. Insanity is helping me with my cardio, but I’m only doing it three times a week because I find that more than that hurts my knees. To maintain my sanity, I’m reading, watching Christmas movies, and trying to stay on budget for the month by not overspending on gifts. While I have been tempted numerous times to go for a run, I remind myself that I would like to run for as long as I’m physically capable, so I cannot one run to sabotage the many miles I still have ahead of me. I’m hoping to start running again the third week of December. This will give me the opportunity to rest my foot for four weeks, say goodbye to the year with a few final miles, begin my marathon training, and ring in the new year with a fresh start. Furthermore, I will have 21 weeks to train for my first Marathon of 2015.