The knee foot thing has taken a toll on my training.
I posted a few weeks ago about returning to running...and I did. But after about 2 weeks of shorter runs, which I tried to do largely to get ready for a relay (which I withdrew from), I realized that I was not letting my knee or foot get better.
I miss running dearly and haven't hit the road in a few weeks. In words, it's hard to explain what a huge drop-off my training has taken. Physically, this is my all-time low since taking running seriously about 4 years ago. Mentally, I'm much more accepting of the situation than I would have been 2 years ago, though. So I am weak in body, but strengthening my mind and heart.
Perhaps it is for the best that I haven't been running. Our family has been making some major adjustments since my husband split the responsibility of caring for his grandmother 24/7 with his dad a few months ago. Sidenote (This presents an enormous challenge to our family, but I am so glad he is doing this. I am proud of his dedication and I wish I had spent more time with my grandparents when they were living.)
So, there hasn't been a lot of running going on over here, but I am hopeful! I have plans to re-qualify for Boston 2014 and am looking at certified courses to do this on.
Today my Dad, (I absolutely can't stress how much I OWE to this man. I love him!), came to visit specifically to move a treadmill from our last place to this one. My treadmill has a lot of charm to it, (you can see it here), but it works. And the main thing is that it offers something all running parents can relate to- a window to train whenever you want to.
|Just a pretty picture from a favorite route I can't wait to get back to.|
Is it realistic for me to even hope to run a marathon before September 22nd, after such a huge chunk of time off? I have no idea. I just know that I plan to train smarter this time. Most likely I'll be running at somewhere between a 9:30 and 10:00/mile easy pace, about a minute and a half to two minutes a mile slower than I ran in February.
My heart has some say in my training (perhaps too much at times!). If I can hear it over my skeptical mind, it seems to be telling me to remain optimistic, to have faith in things unseen, to trust that God will take care of it all, the running and the non-running.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.