It is exactly one month since I ran the Chicago Marathon and I haven’t run since.
Here’s what happened…
For those of you that aren’t aware and didn’t get my obsessive updates, I ran the Chicago Marathon this year with Team In Training. I signed shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing and since I had already done a marathon I wanted to do another to prove to myself (and the world) that marathoners are hardcore. It was a journey worth taking again.
I made it to race day with a lot of bumps along the road. Getting to training was really hard regardless of time and location, but it was difficult for me to get out of my head a lot of times. I had a goal in mind and I was so set on that number that I forgot how much I love to run. It was to the point that on the day of the race I had to throw out my goal and focus on completing the race before they started shutting down the route; fortunately I did. As soon as I crossed the finish line I found the passion again and I was already talking about the next race (which will be New York in 2014) and how I wanted to do better.
Fun Fact: Both Chicago and New York are part of the six major marathon races in the world. The other four are Boston, London, Berlin and Tokyo. By this time next year, I will have technically run two out of the six which means that I only have to get into four more to be a bad ass. Yeah, I’m already thinking about which one is going to be number three.
After running my second wave of 26.2 miles my body was hurting everywhere and I mean everywhere. Every time I had to get up and go to the bathroom I cried a little because I ached from the bottom of my feet all the way to my shoulders. I spent the next day walking around the city with family and it helped with the healing process. By the time we got home to San Francisco, I was walking pretty normally but feeling pain in my foot that still wasn’t leaving. After a visit with the physical therapist a couple of weeks ago it was confirmed that I have plantar fasciitis. It’s a nice little injury on a tendon that runners often get and if it not treated it can cause bigger issues for the next race. With that said, the doctor put a stop to all running (and I mean all running) until I’m done with physical therapy which should be by the end of the month. I am bummed for reals. I’m already itching to get ready for New York and I can’t even go for a 1/2 mile run. So what have I been doing to distract my frustration? I’ve been looking at Half Marathons to run.
Yes! I know it’s a bad idea to run in my condition but I’ve been looking at races that I want to do next year & the following year, so that’s not so wrong. First one up is the Divas Half Marathon in 2014 a nice smooth route that I have run before. I’ve already recruited a few friends to join in and have a good time. For me, it’s something to aim for that I know once recovered I can just focus on getting to the finish line with a stellar time. (Yes, I’m back on the time thing, but halfs are a little easier on me mentally since 13 doesn’t scare me anymore.) After that, we have New York, so I need to focus all time and energy on that one. After that we’ll be getting ready for 2015 and I’m hoping to get into Disney’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the Disney’s Princess Half Marathon. Why? For two reason:
1. I want to go to both Disneyland & Disney World. (I’ve never been to Disneyland & I’ve only been to Disney World once in my life.)
2. Not only would I get 2 medals for completing the races but I can get three more!! Yeah! A total of FIVE!! One for doing a challenge on both coasts. But I can also do the Glass Slipper Challenge at the Princess Half Marathon, which is run a 10K on Saturday follow up with the Half Marathon on Sunday. Yeah, I’m extra crazy.
I think this recovery process is getting to me since I’m trying to do back-to-back races in 2015. I’m mentally trying to make sure that I don’t lose focus. I miss how running was natural to me and my morning routine. If I start setting goals now it’ll be easier to work up to the challenges in the coming months. I’m hoping all this plotting for all small races will help me work my way up again to remember the pleasure of going out and having some quiet time while watching all the people go about their morning. I miss that. But until I get the ok, my only focus is rolling out my IT, stretching my feet and finding a way to shave off 15 minutes to my PR.