Hey all - Happy belated St. Patrick's Day! I originally wanted to run Seattle's St. Patrick's Day Dash 5k, but then I found out it was $40(!), so I decided to invite a couple friends to make a Dash of our own; we called it the St Pat's "Make your own" Dash 2012. I even made us race bibs! The three of us are dealing with injuries so we kept it short and slow by running three miles around Green Lake. Who needs the real thing, when you can get a make-shift event for FREE?
Anyway, my friend Paige did the run with me and we got to talking about the blog world and injuries. I told her I am having a hard time blogging, reading blogs and being on Twitter while I deal with this injury because all I read about is people running long runs, having awesome runs and running fast - all things I can't do right now... She agreed that when you're injured it feels like you're the ONLY one and everyone else is having a fantastic season. Anyone feel this way too?
Yes, my knee is very slowly getting better, but my fitness has dropped off the edge of the world and now running three miles is, I hate to say it, hard. I feel like I'm back at square one, picking up running for the first time. SO frustrating! So, although I'm mad and frustrated, I've decided to take it from where it is in reality, versus where I want to be. If I can only run three miles, so be it! Run those three miles and when I'm ready, add another. Slowly build, slowly add speed and sooner or later, I'll get back into the swing of things. At this point the two upcoming races I've planed (a 12k on April 1 and a Half on May 5) are currently out of the question, so I'm just concentrating on my first triathlon of the season on June 23rd.
Since swimming and biking don't bother my knee at all, this is my chance to get stronger at those two sports. I am doing a century ride at the beginning of June and I may add in a couple other organized bike rides before then depending on my fitness.
So that's my plan for the time being. Take running slow, bike and swim a lot.