Monday, July 13, 2015

Good News and Learning my lesson from Disney


Hi Friends! We had a great weekend with some really great workouts but what I really want to talk to you about today is about how my week went last week.

You may have remembered me sharing that after a walk with Scott last Sunday that I decided to run around the park just to see if I could do it without any pain, and I could. One loop around the park is a little less than a mile but the object wasn't to see how far I could go, it was just to see if I COULD go! I was hesitant to even run at all, so I did do a run/walk method.

The next day I decided to see if I could do it again but instead of run/walk I thought maybe I would try to run the entire loop. I did, and still no pain.  Oh I was getting excited now! ( but I had to remember that this loop was not quite a mile and that I shouldn't be getting too excited over such a small achievement).

On the third day I decided I was going to try to run an entire mile (Big goal, I know!).  I ran that mile at a comfortable pace and did not have to stop once. I am happy to report that I did not have any pain. After running this mile, I just wanted to keep going.  I wanted to get back out there every day last week and put my music on and just run. I had missed that feeling so much. But I didn't do that.  I didn't want to push too much.  The reason I say that is because I am still having some knee pain when I squat down to pick things up and sometimes when I walk up and down steps. I know I am not completely healed and that it will take some time.

I haven't decided what I am going to do about RnR VA Beach and I also don't know if I will be trained enough to run the WDW Marathon in January  (I am hopeful, but I just don't know). With Princess registration looming near I have the urge to sign up for it but I want to be smart about it.  I have learned my lesson from last year (Running Goofy AND Glass Slipper Challenge), that I do NOT want to do that again (I was just left exhausted).  

Since I have already signed up for the WDW Marathon I know for a fact I will NOT be doing the Glass Slipper Challenge. However, I do have the urge to do a Princess race during that weekend. I just need to be smart about it.  I think I have a plan in mind and I think it may be doable regardless of what my injury may or may not be by next year. I just don't know if it's smart to sign up for YET another race when I don't know what my status will be. I actually am not happy with myself for having already signed up for the marathon. I guess I am stubborn enough to say I WILL GET BETTER.  Princess weekend or not?  I want to be optimistic and think I will be well enough. Really I'm just on the fence about it!

Have you ever signed up for a race when you weren't trained for it yet?  M

23 comments:

  1. It's hard coming to terms with what you should do vs what you want to do...or sometimes, what your sister (or in my case, friends) are doing, with racing. I hate to be the one sitting out a race when everyone else is doing it, but I'm the only one of our group who seems to suffer when I overdo it, so I'm working on being OK with making the decision that is right for me.

    Any case, I'm really happy to hear that you are not only running without pain, but that you are easing into it! YAY on both counts!!

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    1. Yes, Princess has been a tradition with us for last 6 years. I hate to miss it but I want to be smart about it.

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  2. That's great news on the pain free runs! It's especially hard with the Disney races because you have to sign up so far in advance. So much can happen between race day and sign up day. I'm definitely not half marathon ready for Wine and Dine but there is so much time between sign up and race that one can be ready by then barring unforeseen circumstances.

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  3. YAY! I'm so happy for you and your pain free running! That's awesome! I was injured around the same time as you and after taking a little time off, lots of PT and cross training, I re-joined my running group in the fall and ran Goofy in January. My advice to you is to take it one day at a time and don't be so worried about getting all the miles in that you end up re-injuring yourself. Go slow, ice and foam roll, and keep up your PT routine! Crossing my fingers for you, girl!

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    1. I'm going to continue to train ( to the best of my ability) for the Marathon but I kind of already know that I won't be doing as many miles as last year.

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  4. I'm so glad to hear you were able to have consecutive pain free runs! I hope that trend continues for you. I'm starting my WDW training this month, so here's hoping all goes well for January : )

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  5. I'm erring on the side of caution, but after two years of ITBS, it's better that I be cautious. I have signed up for a race that I DNS-ed. It was right when I first got hit with ITBS and I thought some rest and stretching after the Eugene half would be enough recovery. oops.

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  6. I have had some many DNSs and lost money that now I err on the side of caution and just don't sign up for things unless I know I can train. Injury or no injury, I am a commitment-phobe and it takes A LOT for me to actually sign up for a race and sayI am DOING.

    Go with your gut. If you don't want to have it hanging over your head, don't sign up. Maybe sign up for a local race closer to the time if you find you are trained for something and you have the urge to race.

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  7. Yay for being able to run! I can definitely relate to there being a big difference between what I want to do and what my body can actually do.

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  8. I think airing on the side of caution is smart and I am just glad you are able to run again!

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  9. Every race I ever registered for, I haven't been trained for :) haha
    Glad you didn't have any pain... but you know we're all shaking our fingers at you to take it slow!

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  10. Yay for running with no pain! That is fantastic. I'm so glad to hear this :)

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  11. 1 step at a time literally take it slow. I've been there and I know you want to run but a mile without pain is great.

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  12. GREAT news! You're really smart to keep the runs short and the pace easy and to not push it even though you're feeling good. Little by little, you will get there! Don't discount the January WDW marathon just yet!

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  13. That's great news! I have signed up for competitions before having not trained properly - it all works out in the end :)

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  14. I am so glad you are getting to run with out pain, that is a very good sign :)
    The Princess event is so fun, I never smiled so much in all my life, I would be tempted as well. I think I would sign up for a Disney race just because I wouldn't feel as much pressure if I wasn't feeling a 100%. I know we all love a good time, but there is so much to enjoy on the course and picture opps you can look forward to the breaks. Hard call!

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  15. congrats on that pain free mile! HMMM that Princess race is a tough call and you have already signed up for WDW marathon, I would be tempted to skip and to put the extra pressure on my person but............

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  16. Its always hard to make the right decision, but it sounds like not registering for Princess is in fact the right decision for you. Kudos for being strong!

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  17. I have definitely signed up for a race that I knew I wasn't going to be trained for and that will be the last time I ever do that :) Be conservative, there will be plenty more races! And congrats on no pain in your mile! Great progress!

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  18. I'm so glad you were able to run! woo hoo! Just see how it goes. But I'd definitely pass on the Princess race...that's a lot of $$ to lose if you aren't able to run it.

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  19. Yay! I'm glad you're able to do some running! it's definitely smart not to over do it, though.

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  20. Great news you were able to run pain free. It was definitely smart / good decision to take a conservative approach and not risk re-injuring yourself. Crossing my fingers for you! Yay!

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  21. I'm just trying to play catch up on your blog!
    I am glad you are able to run a little again. I don't know your situation now, but being on the 2 1/2 side of a work injury, if you are still in any pain, just stop for now and let it heal and start back up in a few weeks. You've already taken the time to let the healing begin, no sense in ruining all the time and work you've already invested into it. Possibly another week or two and you'll be totally pain free and can ease back into it. I have my fingers crossed for you, hope you will be back at it soon totally pain free!!!

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