Thursday, August 21, 2014
So remember back when I was gushing about how much I loooooooved running? Yes, well - the honeymoon is over. Reality has set in. Reality being this nagging knee pain whenever I run longer than 5 miles and just some overall burn out.
I shot out of the gate too early and too fast fueled only by my new found love of the endorphins it released, and all the newness and luster of discovering I can do something I didn't realize I could do. And I still do love running. I love it a lot actually. What I don't love is when my mind is totally willing to run 10 miles but my body (knees specifically) won't let me. So I'm just here to be real today. I am discouraged. My runs have been getting harder lately instead of easier. I've still got eight weeks to go until my half-marathon but I'm sad because I know I have to pull back a bit on my training. It's not worth injuring my knees. So I'm resting more, running shorter distances, and doing a bit more stretching. And that's ok. I know every runner has aches and pains to work through. So I'm not giving up. Just doing a little TLC and hoping my mind & body will decide to agree soon.
It's pretty easy to focus on all the positives actually. Strong legs and lungs and time alone. For an hour to listen to my favorite music and enjoy the scenery as I run. Trying out new routes, and making fun playlists. And the thing I am most thankful for is that my motivation to complete this race has not waned. If anything, this setback is making me even more determined.
Can't stop, won't stop.
But for real, if any of my running friends have suggestions for relieving knee pain, please let me know!