I have a confession to make.
I haven’t run a single mile since June. Early June.
After Zooma, when I injured my knee, I needed to take a few steps back and really let it heal. I worked on strength in my legs, core and whole body versus adding miles. I worked on flexibility and stretching too.
Saturday I was supposed to be three weeks into my half-marathon training. You know, the part where my long run is six miles? Yeah, that one.
I was all confident and ready to go all week-long, “Yeah, six miles! I remember when that felt like a nice, quick morning run.” H told me I was insane for trying to do six miles on a knee, a whole body, that hadn’t run a mile in two months. I was all, “Meh. I’m cool. It’s all good.”
I remember nothing.
Actually, what I remember is that all I could think the first mile was, “Ugh. Running. I hate running.”
Mile two wasn’t such a slog. I had agreed with H that six might have been a bit too much. After all, my injury was from trying to add too many miles on too quickly. I told him I would do three as I ran out the door. Then I set my mileage counter to two miles. Heh. Yet, when I hit two I was in a zone of no real thought, no schedules, bills, tasks or anything running through my brain. I zoomed on through that area and right into a sprinkler system. It was fine! I was fine! Just not mildly spritzed like I thought, more soaking wet. Mile three came up and I thought, “Glad, I agreed not to do six! My knee wasn’t hurting so much as saying, “Hey laaady…” I saw people out walking their dogs, walking for fun and as a form of exercise and strolling their babies. I thought to myself, “WHY?! Why can’t I just walk? Why do I have to run?”
But, I wasn’t finished yet. Three just wasn’t how I wanted to end the day. By the time I ran home it was 3.5 miles and the timing, well, I didn’t even keep track. It was somewhere around 35-40 minutes. There were hills that required walking and an iPod that got stuck on one song.
At least I got out there again and began the training. I didn’t hate it. At times I remembered why I loved running so much just a few months ago and that will keep me going into training for this week.
*Want to run a half-marathon with me? I’ll be running the Hershey Half-Marathon on October 21, 2012 at the Sweetest Place on Earth!