For the last few years, I’ve packed my schedule with races. Whether it was spring (one or two in the winter) or fall, I attempted to fill it with as many as I could afford. All with the thought/plan to “REALLY train this time around” and make those PR’s happen.
This wasn’t the case. And with each race there were a few more aches and pains because all too many times I didn’t quite prepare as much as I should have.
I decided to be slightly more realistic this year. I did sign up for a mid-winter race and realized this was dumb and didn’t end up doing it. Aside from that delusional moment, I did fairly well. I signed up for the 5k/10k back to back in June with a 1/2 marathon the following weekend.
I trashed my knee (my poor patella) with some serious slanted sidewalk during that 5k/10k. This race is HARD. There is a reason the quote is “The Thrill, The Will, The Hill”. The hill is a freakin’ beast. I climbed it once during the 10k, a 2nd time to get to the 5k start and then a 3rd time because I decided parking near the start was a better idea than near the finish line. Must learn for next time!
The 1/2 was a great time as I was able to escape “up North” – Michandger speak anytime you head to the Northern part of Michigan. It was in stunningly beautiful Charlevoix (go there – it’s listed as one of the most beautiful places to visit). The race is really fun, has some sweet swag, an awesome medal and the course is nice. I was worried about my knee but it wasn’t terribly bothersome. Because of my lack of training, my goal was to hit under the 3 hr mark. I did just this – yay! Not to mention, I got to go with a great friend for a mini-break.
After this, it was onto France and then immediately back to work. This is also when I dabbled/half decided to sign up for the marathon. At this point, I had plans to sign up for two 1/2 marathons to help with marathon training along with my favorite 5k/10k Peacock Strut combo.
Despite signing up for the Peacock Strut and picking up my shirt, I woke up the next day with no desire to run. I skipped it. I still don’t regret it. I also didn’t end up signing up for the 1/2 marathons and instead went to NY to visit my brother where I ran the Bronx 5k – a much better and more fun decision!
Suddenly October rolled around (I have no concept of time right now) and I ran three races – whoa! The first was an impromptu 5 miler in Indiana with one of my great gal pals. It was a very small, local race, which I always enjoy. My knee was painful and stiff. I couldn’t run the whole time (I added in some walk breaks). It definitely made me nervous as the marathon was looming. M and I stuck together and without her I would’ve walked a lot more. Once again, I need to up my mental game.
Next up, the Detroit Marathon – have I mentioned this?!
Lastly, the weekend following the marathon was the Campus Classic here on campus. I wasn’t sure I was going to do it, since you know, I could barely walk. The Campus Classic is the first race I ever did. I’ve told the story a couple of times here and I’ve never missed a race since. I knew I wouldn’t be able to run it, which was a bummer but against my better judgement, I walked it. The first mile was in the 17 min mile range. I was being careful of my knee. After I heard the time, I decided to screw my knee and the aftermath, I wanted to be done – faster. I started focusing on catching people. The second mile was in the 16 min pace and the last was a 15 min pace. I was quite pleased with the negative splits, although the not so nice voice in my head provided some disparaging remarks regarding my overall time. My friend used her real life voice to knock some sense into me. Another race in the books!
I don’t see the local Turkey Trot in my future. I’m not sure if I’ve missed one since I started running though… if it does happen it will be another walking race. I need to keep reminding myself that recovery is front and center. Remind me of this if I start any crazy talk pretty please!
One last thing! My medal for the 2,015 miles in 2015 came in the mail the other day – a lovely piece of hardware!