2012 was the year I decided to take up running, train for a half marathon, finish the half marathon and do it all injury free. I am proud to say I accomplished all of these goals. However, a week after completing the half marathon and a day after purchasing my new running shoes, I was walking to my car, fell on the wet pavement and sprained my ankle. It was one mishap in a series of many that I attributed to post-race focus capacity issues, which you can read about here.
As it turns out, I was unable to do much of anything while my ankle healed. I couldn’t run, couldn’t do yoga, Pilates, barre, you name it. I was, however, able to eat so I did a lot of that. I’m not talking healthy stuff here, folks. This was around Halloween and Thanksgiving so the many, many temptations were….well, tempting. I was not surprised when the few pounds and inches I lost during training found their way back to me…this was not a reunion I was excited about!
Once my ankle felt strong enough to start running again (almost 6 weeks later), I was surprised how conflicted I was about getting back out there. On one hand I couldn’t wait to run, sweat and get my heart rate up and on the other hand, I had this lazy bones mentality. I even considered waiting until January 2013 to pick up where I left off this fall (no pun intended).
I spent time reading the blogs of fellow runners (Athlete in Me, quick as molasses, Confessions of a Caffeinated Mother Runner, Ch’i Journey to name a few), took some quick measurements around my waist and was quickly inspired to make the right decision. For the last week or two I have been back on the treadmill taking it slow (slower than my usual slow) and I’m very relieved that my ankle is feeling good. I have been using KT Tape which is awesome for ankle stability and other types of injuries. Not only has it helped my ankle when I run, it comes in really cool colors that match my new running shoes AND when I wear it, I look like a freaking hard core athlete!
So, with my trusty tape and new running shoes, I’m back at it. I have signed up for my second half marathon on May 19th, 2013 and will start working on my training plan so I can take that race by storm. I will once again follow Jeff Galloway’s run-walk method since that was right up my alley and, I believe, the reason I remained uninjured this year (other than the falling incident). One thing I learned this year is this: If I have a solid training plan in place, I will stick to it and if I don’t have a plan in place, I’m screwed. So, with that nugget of information, I will be breaking out the calendars, spreadsheets, highlighters, running apps and getting this training party started!
Other exciting news…I just found out that my youngest sister will be running her first half marathon in 2013 so I will be a good big sister and lead by example by training hard. In fact, I think I will write my next post just for her. Being the older, wiser sister and runner of one whole year, I will give her some unsolicited advice about training for and running a half marathon because that’s what big sisters do! Stay tuned, Amy. Great advice coming your way! Actually, I don’t think she reads my blog. Will one of my other blog-reading family members get Amy on the blog train, please? I’d do it myself but I want to save my bossiness for my next blog post!