Bad blogger. It’s 13 days into November and this is my first post of the month. I have had a bit of a writer’s block, struggling to come up with a catchy phrase or topic to write about. It’s not for lack of interesting cases coming through my office door or hilarious antics from my children.
I’ve been focussed on work and on running.
I haven’t written about running in a while. Back in September, I developed some lateral knee pain which most of my running friends told me was probably related to a tight IT band. They were right! I saw a physiotherapist and after a few sessions and advice on changing my running gait, the pain disappeared and I was back on track. I continued to run intervals of 5:1 and got my 5K down to about 35 minutes.
Then I saw a patient who is a marathon runner and we talked about running. He suggested that I run for time, not distance. His feeling was that if I learn to run for 45 minutes, eventually the distance will come. It was an interesting challenge. I was curious to see if I could run for 20 minutes without stopping. So one night in October, I had only about 20 minutes to run, so I went out and did it. The next run was 25 minutes, and the one after that was 30 minutes. Boo ya! I could do it! Damn, those runs felt great.
Then Plaguetober hit and I got into a running rut. I went almost 8 days without running and boy, was I feeling sluggish. It took a few runs to get back into it and I hadn’t felt the soreness and stiffness in my legs for a while. I didn’t like that feeling. I had dropped a good 6 lbs from the stomach flu, so I was keen to get back to work and keep those extra pounds off. However, with a recent mini-vacation away to celebrate my mother’s 72nd birthday, I don’t think that was a realistic goal! (haha!)
Anyway, I was ready for a good run. I mapped it out in my head and my goal was 6km. And I did it by running 6-7 minute intervals (with 1 minute walk breaks). I can’t describe the euphoric feeling when I looked at the MapMyRun app and saw that I finished 6.2km in 44 minutes. YES!!! I am by no means anywhere close to that marathoner but for me, having never run before, and basically getting up off the couch to 6km in 4 months is something I am beyond proud of. Having my daughter ask me, “Mommy, are you going out for a run?” – well, it’s the best thing in the world.
My brother asked me recently what my goal was. A marathon? I told him I had no set goal in mind. I am just running to keep healthy and feel good. But the more I think about it, the more I think I’d like to be able to say I can run 10k. Maybe when I reach that goal, I’ll say that I want to run a half-marathon. I don’t know. All I do know is that I’m just going to run.