"It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Thursday, I successfully completed my 12K run and for the first time since my knee injury, I was under 11 minutes per mile (10:56 to be exact)...my lungs were a little ticked off by the end, but my knee was definitely much better. Yesterday, I had 18K planned and considering I had felt some pain around the last 1.5K of a 15K run recently, I knew this was a good test for the knee. Before going on, I'd like to take a minute to thank Joseph, my PT, for his amazing support and advice...because, I ended up running 18.8K with no knee pain. YAY!! My calves are definitely tight due to the new running shoes and form, but they did good! The lungs are starting to do better and didn't give me a hard time either. Overall, an excellent and very encouraging run. My new running form is really starting to come together and feels more natural with each run. I'm able to maintain a 180 steps/minute cadence without thinking about it too much anymore and my foot strike is automatically mid-foot with my new shoes. This improved running form and cadence are what I gained from this injury...hopefully, these changes will help me avoid further and/or more serious injuries. I've also learned to respect the healing process and not try and push myself too much, too soon. Plus, I learned that cross-training needs to be balanced with the running and that overtraining is not the best way to get back from an injury.
Next weekend is the Montreal half-marathon and I am really looking forward to it! My brother and super sister-in-law are both running their first marathon and I am soooo excited for them! :)
Following that, the next few weekends will include longer runs than I've ever done before and will be the deciding factor in my decision to either go ahead with the marathon or scale down to the half for Niagara Falls...but, I'm feeling more and more confident ;)
I hope you're all having a great weekend!