2018 Plans

We ran the Hangover Helper 5k on New Years Day.  It was 12 degrees with a real feel of 5 degrees!! I have never run in weather that cold, but it was really wasn’t that bad- once we got moving! We ended up with 5.25 miles for the day since we jogged to and from the race.

 I LOVE to read and used to do it much more often.  I think the biggest reason I read less is the time suck that is the internet.  I spend way too much time scrolling.  I never make New Year resolutions (not a fan of resolutions) but I am going to set a goal: To read 50 books in 2018.

I am currently reading John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.  It should be a quick read, just 602 pages.  Can this count as 2 books?!

Now lets talk running goals.

I ran the Disney Marathon in 2010.  Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong did.

I expected to have a warm race………………it was 33 degrees!

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There I am in the trash bag, which I ran in for 18 miles but I’m still smiling!

I expected to run it healthy………I developed some terrible side of the knee pain during training which turned out to be a meniscal tear.  I had planned a Disney vacation with my aunt, sister, BIL, and nephew around the marathon. I had never been to Disney and was excited to see what all the fuss was about.  Not running it was just not an option for me; although, it should have been since it sidelined me for a long time after.

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They are the best! I mean look at those shirts!

The day we arrived, I found an orthopedist and immediately scheduled an appointment.  He gave me a cortisone injection which allowed me to run 10 wonderful miles, pain free.  At mile 10 the all too familiar pain returned and from then on it was  a slow, painful trod.  Let me say, I don’t recommend this.  I think I changed my gait due to pain which then caused a horrific calf cramp at Mile 20.   I stopped to stretch to no avail and had to run the last 6.2 miles with this cramp.  This tightness lasted 3 days!!!

One and Done

I originally thought that marathoning was over for me.  I tried it once and it didn’t go well.  I told myself, “Perhaps my body just isn’t cut out for the marathon distance.”  And, you know what? It might not be.

So what changed?

As you may know from a previous post, I ran the Rehoboth Half in December. This race was a turning point for me.  Prior to the race, I had told myself that I wanted to go under 2 hours.  I knew that I had run a much hillier course at the MDI half in Maine in October in 2:08 with a good bit of walking thrown in.  Plus, I knew the course well and I have always run it just under 2 hours.  My plan was to keep it comfortable for the 1st 5 miles or so and then pick it up.

Well, that didn’t happen. Most races I am usually dying at some point and chastizing myself for running so slow.  The internal dialogue is never good.   The reason for this is that I don’t train at the pace (outside) that I am trying to run.  As I have said before, I am much slower outside than on a treadmill.  This leads to disappointment on race day.

I finally ran the paces I was trained for and realized how lucky and happy I was to be doing what I love.  I didn’t care when the 2 hour pacer passed me.  I just ran what I was capable of on that day.  What a concept, right?!!

I truly enjoyed racing.  The very next thought that popped into my head was, “If I slowed down some more I could probably do another marathon.”  And that thought hasn’t gone away since.

So what’s the plan?

I have signed up for the Coastal Delaware Marathon on April 22, 2017.  This gives me 16 weeks to train as of January 2nd, 2018.

Why run a marathon now?

There are 3 reasons:

#1 – I believe I have a decent base which includes 2 half marathons and a 25k last year.

#2- I am 41.  Even  if I don’t feel like I am in my 40s, I am.  I plan to run until I can’t but I just feel as though now is the right time.

#3- I am injury prone.  It’s always something with me, injury wise.  Last year it was a pes anserine bursitis that lasted way too long.  It never completed sidelined me for more than a couple of weeks but my speed took a major hit.

Currently, I have a lingering foot issue that I recently had injected.  It improved but I still felt it at times when I ran.   I went back to my doctor to see if we could get it 100% prior to beginning my training.   He recommended shockwave therapy and I just had my 3rd treatment.

We talked about the marathon and he feels it is fine to train.  His suggestion was if it flares we will inject it prior to the marathon.  So, I began my training this week.