Well, I have not posted much recently and I must admit I just haven’t been in the mood. I’ve been busy, I’ve had family in town (my sister recently had a baby!!) and I just haven’t felt inspired to write much. I recently passed the one year anniversary (March 31, 2011) of my stress fracture and I must say that I am glad that date has come and gone. I am now officially one year out from the injury that rocked my running world. I know it could have been much worse and I am thankful it was only a stress fracture. On the 31st, I celebrated my one year milestone by running my first long run since the marathon. I went for a nice 15 miler (7:39 pace) and felt great. I know I’ve mentioned the drama of last spring before but reaching the one year milestone felt good. I am moving on…
|After a run last week with my little man|
I wish I were moving on to running Boston this spring but that will have to wait. I knew I would not be able to run Boston this year. I was not able to train and qualify by September so another year was gone. Don’t get me wrong- I am very happy and excited for many of my running friends who are running on April 16th and you better believe I will be tracking them. I will just be that much more excited when it is April 15, 2013 and it is my turn! 🙂
In the meantime I am focusing on racing some shorter events. This weekend I have a 10K and I really would like to break 40 minutes in a legitimate road race. I would love a repeat of the 10K I did on the track in February but we’ll see. That was one of those days when everything went right and it was the perfect storm for a perfect race. Don’t you just love those runs?!
At the end of April I’m planning on running in a local 5K. Then I’m running in another 5K the first weekend in May. I’d like to break 19 minutes but not sure if I will be there speed-wise yet. Still working on finding a good half marathon (may have one in May) but have not registered for anything yet. Running in the NYC Marathon in November is a huge motivator but it feels forever a way.
Random Update Time:
- New shoes seem to be working fine. I have been rotating shoes in my training for the first time in my life and I must admit it is a little exciting. Who knew running shoe options could be so fun?!
- I ran my fastest 800 repeats on Wednesday. I only had 6 so my goal was to get them all sub 3 minutes. They ranged from 2:56- 2:59. Accomplishing workouts like these gives me confidence. I can see progress in my 800 times and that makes me feel good!
- My knee is doing better. I can still feel the area sometimes but it is much “duller” (is that a word?) and I am able to run through it just fine. I think this injury is finally on its way out. Oh yeah!!
- I survived being home alone with my crew over the past long weekend (Thursday – Sunday). John had to go to Atlanta for a PhD class and I held down the fort. I must say I have A LOT of respect for single parents who do this all the time. I generally consider myself a pretty patient person but when I am the lone parent I get really impatient and irritable. I am very happy to have John back.
- As mentioned earlier, my sister just had her first baby (2 days ago) and I have a new niece. She is perfect and so tiny. It’s hard to remember mine at that age but it really wasn’t that long ago…
My new niece!
- Easter pictures…. I took my kids pictures to send to grandparents and other family. 3 out of the 4 are looking at the camera which I definitely consider a picture success!
So… I will let you know how the 10K goes on Saturday. Anyone else racing this weekend? If so, what are you doing? Have a great Easter weekend everyone!!