Well faithful readers, as you know I started running again at the top of the new year. I found some weaknesses that I’ve been working on. I met my goal of being able to run to 40 minutes without pain and even though I am not at the point of being able to cover 4 miles in that 40 miles, I’ll get there eventually. The next step was to start adding riding to the mix. So, a few weeks ago I did just that. It was a bit of an eye opener as the bike highlights a weakness I found in my left leg more than running. So, I still have some work to do, but I’ve been riding for an hour or more each session, without pain. Its been 5 weeks of bike, run, strength, stretch and little bit of swimming with no pain. I could not be more excited about my progress.
So what’s next? Officially, the St. Augustine Half Marathon on November 14th. My best friend from high school and I both needed some motivation to keep moving and meeting our goals. So we signed up for the half together. I’ve never made it to the starting line of a half before. Each time I tried I ended up on the injured reserve list. I’m committed to making this time different. We’ve been sending each other progress photos of our workouts. I love technology for the fact that even though we live 9 hours away from each other, we can still keep each other moving forward.
Runnin’ in the Thornton Park Historic District, Downtown Orlando
I know November 14th is a looooong way off from April 21st but I have already started foundation running and am adding some light speed work to the mix. Things have gone so well in the past two weeks that I am looking at the tri schedule to do a sprint and an olympic distance race before October just to keep things interesting and my motivation high. Although this past week was a slooooow one and I was as worn out as the pup I did manage to get some workouts in and for the first time in a long time the days off weren’t because I hurt!
I have no idea how she crashes like this.
Despite the time off, I still feel great. It took me quite a long winding road to get here but I think I can finally say, “I’m back, bitches!”