"Happiness is directly proportional to acceptance and inversely proportional to expectation."
Michael J. Fox
Overall, I'm feeling great, although my groin still pulls a little when I push it ;), which means, don't push it too much I guess. Anyways, the plan is to alternate between running one day and then bike/physio the other. Physio entails lots of jumps, from a squat on both feet or from the step and over the block on one foot. I actually enjoy doing these exercises.
In my last post, I was writing about hoping to get my miles in before my marathon in...10 weeks now (yikes). I want to thank you all for your encouragement and I want to give particular thanks to Paul for reminding me that I can do it, but that I must be "willing to slow down to reduce the stress so [ I ] can up the miles."
This hit home, because I was pretty excited that I seem to be able to run faster than last year...and I was starting to up my expectations during my training runs. Reading Paul's comment reminded me that the important thing for me right now is acceptance of what is, so I should focus on building the mileage back up and forget about pace. So, on long runs, s-l-o-w is the way to go (for now)! Thanks again for your guidance Paul!
Last weekend, when I ran my 10K, I took it slow and just wanted to get the distance in. It went very well and by the next day I had no lingering pain...yay! However, I did realize that if I take it too slow, then I'll be on my feet much longer, which may not necessarily be better as the miles increase. So I need to find a balance between the two. Slow enough not to stress the body too much, but fast enough to not increase the time on my feet too much. Running is so much more complicated now than it was when I started :)
Yesterday, I ran 5K and, for the first-time, after a 3m30s warm up walk, I ran the whole distance. I was very excited! I tried not to push the speed too much, without going as slow as on the long runs (pace was 10m45s per mile - this includes the warm-up walk). Yay for 30 minutes non-stop!
Happy running everyone!
This weekend I add another 3K!