Saturday afternoon I ran 17 miles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, my longest training run before I run the Disney Marathon this Sunday.
Less than a month after the accident I laid on my couch and posted my goal to run the marathon. I could hardly move on my own and canceling so many races had gotten me down. Disney I couldn’t cancel as easily as the others… part of me believed that there was a chance I could run it. And once I set that goal my attitude toward where I was and how hard I worked to get better shifted. It wasn’t so much about the end of running 26.2 but more of the hope that I would be better again.
Lots of people in my life either believed I couldn’t do it, that I shouldn’t do it or just didn’t want me to do it. And I understand their concerns. I’ve been cleared by my doctor and physical therapists to run and my hip has responded really well to my training.
I view this marathon as the closing to one chapter (the accident) and the beginning to another (moving, new job, becoming a better athlete). It is 26.2 miles of letting out the angst, frustration and all other emotions that came with breaking my pelvis in three places, getting a giant screw in my hip and all the pain and limitations that followed.
I do not want the takeaway from this to be that everyone needs to run a marathon or that everyone needs to push hard after an injury. I want the takeaway to be that if you want something, go for it. Work hard, give it everything you’ve got and don’t take the first no as a final answer.
Here’s a glimpse at the long runs in my training:
5 weeks out- begin running; 1-3 miles
4 weeks out- 6 miles
3 weeks out- 10 miles
2 weeks out- 13.1 miles
1 week out- 17 miles
My cardio isn’t where it used to be and sometimes I have to slow down to walk for my hip or stretch it out but overall running has felt great. My hip pain rarely makes an appearance. Other than the long runs I’ve completed 2-3 shorter runs throughout the week up to eight miles in distance.
Save the date: Disney Marathon recap here, January 8th.
What rituals do you do to prepare for a race?