It started as the desire to complete just one 10K to say I did it. A few weeks into my training, a relationship came to an end and I lost my job. Those training runs quickly became my best friends as I sorted through the losses and uncertainty. Now, more than 4 years, training for 5 half marathons, and one knee surgery later, the challenges I have taken on in running have helped me understand that I can take on, and conquer, whatever lies in my path ahead.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

One of those runs

Supposedly a 5 mile pace run, on the dreaded TM. But it was a struggle every step. I kept walking and slowing down my pace and eventually quit at 3.5. And left the gym in tears.

I need to take a look at nutrition (lack of) and hydration for sure. But I'm hoping it was just one of those runs.

Monday, November 12, 2007

I'm baaa-ack!

Not sure anyone will even check here anymore.

After logging a grand total of 5.5 miles for the whole month of October, I'm ramping up for a Dec. 8 half marathon. Yikes. Such is the price to be paid for buying a fixer upper and having a moving deadline. The real test was Sunday's 8 mile run. I figure if I can get to that long run in 2 weeks, I've got a shot at making it to 13 in the time I have.

Went out quite unprepared - no water, a new trail that turned out not to be marked well with mileage, no hat, no gum.... But it was an exquisite fall day and the scenery kept my mind off the lack of preparation, while the mile markers that were there let me do a pretty good job of estimating my pace and the distance.

Finished in 1:18:57. Little twinging in my left knee which I chalk up to increasing mileage so quickly.

This week, I should hit 20 miles. We shall see.