I still can’t believe that yesterday marked one year since I started running. It certainly has been one crazy and busy year full of lots of highs and lows.
This past week was definitely a mix of highs and lows. After being cleared and encouraged by the neurologist last Monday to resume running, I focused this past week on seeing if I was capable of running my second half marathon. As I shared last week, I ran on Monday, and then ran again on Wednesday. I didn’t want to overdo it on the running since under my original training plan for Rock ‘n’ Roll I would have been tapering this past week. This past week was all about finding balance.
Not only was this past week about finding balance in terms of my fitness activities but it was also about finding balance with work as well. The neurologist wants me limiting my after school time at school until I’m 100% healed, particularly because he wants me “resting my brain.” Part of why he encouraged me to start running again, and to run Saturday’s half marathon, is because exercise will help relax my brain and help me to destress.
Some people were skeptical of my final decision to run Saturday’s race, and questioned if I should have run the race at all. I can assure you that I wouldn’t have run it had it not been for my doctor’s support and encouragement to do so. I will of course fully recap the race as I have done with all of my past races, but as I’m sure you can imagine this race certainly didn’t go as I had hoped it would when I registered back in November. I had to walk much more of it than I would have liked to. But I pushed through, listened to my body and walked when I needed to, and am so proud that I didn’t give up.
To everybody who gave me words of encouragement on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, by e-mail, text, and in person, I cannot thank you enough. I certainly would not have crossed the finish line on Saturday without all of your support. Thank you!
Mon 3/10 – 2.52 mile run around the neighborhood, 0.40 mile cool down walk, abs
Tues 3/11 – 30 minutes of yoga
Wed 3/12 – 3.10 mile treadmill run, 0.36 mile cool down walk, abs, legs, glutes
Thurs 3/13 – Rest day
Fri 3/14 – Rest day
Sat 3/15 – Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon, foam rolling
Sun 3/16 – 30 minutes of yoga, foam rolling
Total Weekly Mileage – 6.38 miles, plus Saturday’s half marathon
Total Half Marathon Training Mileage – 93.31 miles
QOTD: Have you ever run a race that others questioned your decision to run?