And how long can I use having triplets as an excuse?
After a five month hiatus, I decided it was high time to start running again. That was during December but there were too many excuses - vacation, holiday parties, Christmas shopping - for me to actually do it. I finally gave myself a date. January 1st. And if you know me, you know that I usually do not make resolutions. But I needed a date and that seemed like a good one. I also thought that it would help if I gave myself a big goal. I'm still determined to one day run a half marathon (and finish in under 2:15) so I immediately thought of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon at WDW in the fall. Not that I could possibly be ready for a half in time for 2013 but future year dreams were flying around in my mind until I remembered that that particular race begins at 10:00 PM. Ten years ago = sure. Now = boo.
Starting back up again is always difficult for me because I just can't pick up where I left off in terms of mileage and time. For my first run, I had planned to alternate walking and running in one quarter mile segments with a total running distance of one mile. So walk/run/walk/run/etc - each change would occur after I had completed a quarter mile. Well, after doing that for five segments, I just ran the last half mile.
For my second run, I simply ran a mile at a slower pace, around a 12 minute mile.
My problem is that I like to challenge and push my running so instead of maintaining some easy runs, every run turned into a tempo run. I kept bumping up the speed on the treadmill during each run while also increasing my mileage (which was still tiny) each week. After 5-6 weeks, I had made it up to a long run of 2.5 miles. I never ran more than three times a week though so I was giving myself some recovery time.
You know where this is all going. Right? About 2-3 weeks ago, my old, old, old "injury" reappeared. It's that muscle pulling thing that happens behind my right knee. It's frustrating and the whole thing was exasperated by the fact that I have scar tissue in there. Ack! So I backed off but I should have seen the warning signs and backed off sooner. Anyway, after over a week of not running, I did fit one run in before norovirus invaded our home.
I had to take it easy this week (sick recovery) so no running yet for me. I really just started eating somewhat normal meals again yesterday and I'm finally not as tired. Going to bed early has helped with that. I'll be back soon enough.
So I do have a short term goal. Rich and I will be running a 5K in May and my goal is to finish in under 30 minutes. I've done it before and I'm sure I can do it again. I'll end by saying that following other runners on twitter has been extremely inspirational.