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Cambridge Half Recap, A Training Plan and My First Injury?!

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The Cambridge Half Crew, with our Volunteer Extraordinaires in the middle!

Disclaimer — this post will basically be a jumbled mess covering a few topics.  Things have been really busy, and I haven’t had much time to blog, but there are a few topics I want to update you all on.  And by you all, I mean the handful of people that actually read this, and also myself for 5 years from now when I’m looking back on this whole experience.

I’ve mentioned here before that I had a goal of hitting a sub-2:30 half marathon this season.  Attempt 1 was at the BAA Half (2:41:12), attempt 2 at the Newburyport Half (2:32:40), and my final attempt was going to be the inaugural Cambridge Half Marathon, which I ran on November 13.

It was a beautiful morning to run, and I knew a lot of people who were doing the race.  I was looking forward to an epic as always after party with the Slumbrew Happy Soles.  Unfortunately, I was sick the day before (not quite clear if it was self-inflicted, or I ate something that didn’t agree with me…I’m going with a combination of both), so I knew my body wasn’t in the best shape. But I felt well trained, ready, and motivated — I was confident that I’d be able to hit my goal.  It was a flat course, the conditions were perfect, and I knew I’d see a lot of friendly faces.  Shaving off 2:41 over the course of 13.1 miles should be doable, if I set my mind to it.

Well…I struggled in the middle miles.  My legs felt like lead, and even when I felt like I was picking up the pace, my Garmin showed that I was still moving more slowly than I wanted to.  Once I hit mile 10, I found another gear, and blew through the next few miles.  Sub-2:30 was mine!

…until I crossed the finish line with a net time of 2:30:27.  TWENTY EIGHT SECONDS AWAY.

Disappointed?  Absolutely.  But it was still a 2:13 PR (yay), and I’m so close. Other than a dip in energy in the middle, I felt really good throughout. Sub-2:30, I’m coming for you.  And, the after party was still epic, and the Slumbrew Happy Soles are still awesome.

BUT — in more exciting news — I got my training plan for the Marathon!  This means that this is REALLY HAPPENING, you guys.  I need to spend some time with it and adjust a bit to fit my schedule, but I’m excited to get started, and excited to have a road map to get there.  The Title IX Girls Marathon Team works with a duo of coaches who will be there to help us along the way.  I’m really excited to meet everyone, hopefully shortly after the holidays!  Training gets underway the first full week of December.

And now, on the flip side.  I’ve been extremely fortunate that, since I started running (really, since I started exercising consistently), I’ve remained injury free.  I see a FABULOUS massage therapist regularly, and definitely credit her with keeping me in game shape.  But, as was bound to happen, I have finally done something to myself.  I was out for 10 miles this past Sunday, and around mile 8 I felt a pain on the outside of my knee.  I kept going for another half mile or so, waiting to see if I could shake it off.  Finally, I gave up, and walked (well, hobbled) the last 1.5 miles home.  The magic of the Google machine, and talking to other runners who have had similar issues, makes me think it’s an IT Band issue vs a knee problem, so I’m taking that as a good sign.  I was able to do a spin class pain free, but walking can still be a little painful — although I’ve made good progress in that department since yesterday.  I’m taking a few days off from running in hopes that resting it will help, and I’ll be in good enough shape for Thursday’s Gobble Gobble Gobble 4-miler.  In the meantime, lots of foam rolling (OH. EM. EFFING. GEE. Does that hurt!), ice, and Advil.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the day with your family and friends, and good food.  Hopefully in my next post I’ll be able to share some details about a few fundraising events I’m planning.  Get excited!!

If you’re feeling festive and in the mood to donate, you can do so by clicking here!  I’m still aiming to hit $3,000 raised by 12/1, and am $221 away.  With your help, I can do it!

 

 

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