Race Registration

December 22, 2017

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!

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!!

Knee Pain

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?? 

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  1. Carl Wright on December 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    What a great dad you have Kate. Having that support will go far as you train.

    You are correct regarding your knee pain. It will slowly get better as you strengthen the muscles. I had the pain the 1st year running and ended up wearing a knee brace for my 1st half marathon, (which was my goal the 1st year).

    Keep icing it after the runs, which helps with the inflammation, and aids in healing and recovery. Listen to your body, there is no shame in cutting a longer training run short. Time is on your side for your half in April. I take the glucosamine/chondroitin as well as turmeric capsules and fresh ginger (I keep the roots in the freezer). I shave some off and put the ginger in my smoothies. The turmeric and ginger helps with the inflammation.

    I’m excited for you Kate. The running community is amazing. Enjoy the journey. I know you will be awesome!

    • Kate on December 29, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Thanks so much for your encouragement, Carl! I’ve been running for less than two months, and already I can tell that this is one awesome community of people.

      And I really appreciate the advice about knee pain. I am definitely going to check out turmeric and ginger (I love the taste of fresh ginger, but I am not very familiar with turmeric!).

      Thanks again for reading!!

      • Carl Wright on January 1, 2018 at 4:18 pm

        It is a pleasure Kate. Meant to tell you before, you did a great job with your blog. Unlike ginger, turmeric has a pretty bitter taste by itself. It is often used in East Indian recipes like curries (which I enjoy). I get most of my turmeric in the form of capsules.
        Have a wonderful year ahead. 🙂

  2. Dodie on January 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    I love your page! I’m excited to follow your progress in 2018.

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