The end of the year has been hectic for me professionally. With several significant work deadlines, my training schedule got all out of whack. Thankfully, things have settled down at the end of this week as we head into the holidays, and I’ve been able to start getting back on track. I even had a bit of a boost with a surprise race registration!
I got a little extra motivated to get back out there & run with a bit of an early Christmas present from my dad. He surprised me with a race entry for a semi-local half marathon on Labor Day weekend. This race is over nine months away, but it got me excited and inspired me to finally register for the half I’d been planning on in April and even a local 5K in February.
I was extra excited because the race in September, in part, is to benefit refugees in crisis—which is something that is incredibly important to me. Dad even donated to the refugee charity organization, which truly meant the world to me.
So, I’ve got three races on the calendar for 2018! I am guessing the two halves will be my only distances longer than a 10K, but you never know!
Best Training Day Ever
Race registration was the kick in the pants I needed to regain my focus. In fact, I had one of my best runs ever this week! I went to a nearby park and got in 2.9 miles over 00:42:52 (which is a 14:52 split pace). For many runners, this speed or distance isn’t something to write home about, but it was one of my longest runs ever at one of my best paces ever. And I can’t wait for my next run tomorrow!!
The only thing that is currently holding me back a bit is some pain in my right knee. I’ll start out okay, but by the end, I’ll have some burning pain on the outside of my right knee… icing it after running does help, but I am hoping it will get better as I strengthen my muscles. I also recently started taking glucosamine/chondroitin, which I’ve read is especially helpful for knee pain.
Any seasoned runners out there have any other tips for dealing with knee pain??
My 1st Half Marathon
What a bummer- I am having issues with my IT Band. I'm currently working with a physical therapist to stretch & strengthen my wimpy muscles. Running is on hold for a couple weeks; can't wait to get back out there!
Most Recent Run:
This run started out beautifully! I found a new location that I loved, the weather was FINALLY above freezing, and I was feeling good. About mile 2 my knee got aggravated, and I cut it short.