Barely. As you know, my training got “complicated” three weeks ago. I have pretty much spent the last two weeks resting my knee. So, when yesterday’s 2:00 race time came, I decided that I was going to go for it. So I did. I felt ready as I possibly could be. After much stretching, I surrendered the race to God and just asked for a pain-free race. I even had friends pray over me because I just wanted to run the race after all of the training I’ve put in. And God delivered!!! The race wasn’t easy by any means. The temperature was about 88 and even though the meteorologists from the OKC Metro called for severe winds, there were hardly any. Running in that heat with barely any wind was brutal. Plain brutal. My knee held up great! My right knee was the one giving me problems but around mile 5, I started feeling some discomfort in my left knee. CRAZY! However, I knew I could make the rest of the race. I started the race with two dear friends, Robin and Amy. We stayed together for the first mile or so but then ended up separating. I ran a majority of the 6.2 miles by myself. Alone with my thoughts. I wanted to give up because it wasn’t easy, but I’m pleased to say that God pulled me through. I ran the entire race! It feels so good to accomplish the goal of running a 10K. But now, I need to rest from running for a while. However, I won’t be resting from exercise. I’ve got a new plan that I will unveil to you all on April 18th. Sounds so mysterious, doesn’t it? Stay tuned! I’m convinced that you’ll want to join me!
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Two days left. My training has almost come to a screeching halt. This past Sunday I ran 1 mile, walked 1 mile and ran another mile. And my knee felt it a little. I decided to just rest this week. I’ve trained so much over the past few months that I feel that I can handle the race if my knee stays strong. Quite frankly, I still don’t know how it will hold up. I am hoping that I can run the entire 6.2 miles even if I’m at a snail’s pace. But, I am sort of expecting to have to walk at the end. I know, not to full of faith, is it? The realist in me has taken over. Have a great weekend and I’ll give you an update on Monday!
Well, I’m sad to tell you that I haven’t run in five days. I was supposed to run 5 miles this past Sunday but could only squeeze out 4. Moderate discomfort (aka “pain”) has plagued my right knee and I’m just not willing to run on my knee when it hurts. (Plus, my husband isn’t a fan of me injuring myself any further. He’d rather me walk when I’m 50 instead of him having to give me a piggy back. How attractive would that be?) The good news is that I feel I am completely ready for the run in 10 days when it comes to my heart and lungs. I have always been able to withstand a lot of cardio work. It’s my joints and lower back that have caused me issues. So the plan is that I will attempt to run again on Sunday…one week away from race day. I will only run as long as there is no pain. Then, I plan to rest my knee again next week and make an attempt to run the entire 6.2 miles on Sunday, April 10th. As you can see, I really want to finish this race. For no other reason than to accomplish my own personal goal. I pray about everything (Philippians 4:6) so I’ve asked God to bring healing so that I can finish what I started. If you come to the race and want to find me, I’ll be the one popping Ibuprofen before the gun goes off 🙂
Almost there, baby! It’s been a great training so far. I am scheduled to run 5 miles tomorrow with my running partner. I am anxious to see how this feels for these old bones. I have found that once I hit 3.5 miles, my joints start to ache. In fact, this week I have been feeling a lot of knee pain. I am trying to rest as much as possible but my right knee really hurts. My cardios are strong, but my body feels it. So we shall see! I want you all to take my advice with a grain of salt because I am no expert. The only expertise I have is on my experience. And for me, keeping my pace steady is key. The first .6 of a mile is tough because I’m trying to get my breathing right. But once I cross over that hump, I set my pace. I ran in a 5K last September and kept my pace the entire time. There were people around me who would speed up and then slow down and speed up and slow down. I found that even though they’d pass me when they sped up, I eventually passed them up when they slowed down. It’s not easy on the ego being passed up but I have to remember this race is for me. I am trying to have my best personal runs. My taking on these races is for me. So, do you set a pace for yourself?
I have had to really be flexible with my running schedule this week. Chris and I are enjoying a week in northern California so I have had to get creative. Things are still on track so that’s good. We are doing a lot of walking San Francisco so it’s good for my cardios! Have you ever had to change your training schedule due to travels or illnesses?