Saturday, March 27, 2010

I'm bummed, pooped, and worried. What's next?

I ran this morning and waited until now to post this blog. I have been trying to let this stinky feeling settle and hopefully, let the stink diffuse a little, so I won't bog you guys down. I tried talking to two friends about it, but they aren't runners and I don't think they know what I am feeling or why the heck I am disappointed.  One said, "But you ran 3 miles this morning." So, my running friends, I am unleashing this onto you. I hope I will find someone who understands what I am talking about.

I ran my first 5K race of the year, my first race of this year today.  It is the Kappa Delta Shamrock run at Lincoln Parish Park.  And in my own la-la land, I pictured a park with lots of trees, flowers, and paved walkway and maybe some sorta-kinda made to look unpaved path.  I was wrong.  Today I was introduced to trail running and I was NOT ready for it.  Uh-huh!!! I had talked to someone who ran there before and told me the running in that park is tough. Running a 10-mile run is like running a half marathon.  And that I should add at least 2 minutes per mile to my pace if I were to run there.  So, I thought I was ready and prepared for it.  WRONG!  I kid you not: there was a Mount Everest in that park and we had to run up that sucker.  I ran upward, and halfway through, I had to walk it up.  It had rained a few days ago, and the ground was soppy.  It was muddy. We ran through muddy, wet, brown gunk and hopped around to avoid rocks and roots.  And yes, what goes up must come down and I almost slid down a slippery, muddy slope.  There was no railing. Ok, I sound spoilt. I promise I am not spoilt. I didn't do too badly. I finished the entire 3.1 mile in 36 minutes.  Secretly, I wanted a PR, but scrapped that idea off when I saw the course.  I just wanted to survive and hopefully finish it in 45 minutes.

OK, so that's the first downer. Here's the second, third, fourth whatever downer.

I planned for a 10-mile run today. I wasn't gonna go through muddy land, soppy ground, and sliding down slopes or climb Mount Everest again.  I drove a few miles to university campus to run.  It is flat.. I need flat ground. Asphalt ground. Heck, I will go up and down some gentle rolling grounds after that Everest-wall looking thing I went through this morning.  I ran. On my 6th mile of the run, my right knee was acting up. I hobbled starting there. I hobbled the 7th mile. And it hurt. It was a familiar feeling. It was THAT feeling - the kind that I know I will have trouble going up and down the stairs, the kind where I will have difficulty getting in and out of the car, the kind that will give me pain when I sit down or get up from the chair.  So, I walked 0.5 mile (GASP!) around campus to make it an even 8 mile.

I feel pretty blah. I didn't hit the 10 miles I planned today. I had to walk part of the run. My left knee is practically useless now. And I am worrying about when I can run again because the last time my knee felt this way, I was out of commission for about 3 weeks. I have a half marathon I am training for. I have came a long way and worked up to this far and I cannot afford to hit any snag at the point in time.  I want to run a half marathon.  I want to cross the finish line. I want a medal. I want to be a half marathon runner. I want to experience what you are experiencing when you cross the finish line.

I was going to register for the Nashville half marathon when I finish my 10-miler today and without knee pain. And I didn't finish my 10-miler and I have a knee problem. I finished the 8 miles with walking in 1 hour 42 minutes (I think. I have been too bummed to look at my Garmin.)

Mile 1. 9:53.29
Mile 2.12:47.91 (That hill was here)
Mile 3. 12.28.06
Mile 4. 12:21.42
Mile 5. 12:39.00
Mile 6. 13.11.64
Mile 7. 13.03.34
Mile 8. 16.02.27 (This was when I really hobbled and walked that 0.5 mile).
8 miles @ 1:42.32/mile

So, now what? I am supposed to do 11 miles next week. But since I didn't do my 10 miles today, what do I do next week? A 10? Or 11? Or 10.5?  How can my knee get better and stronger? I hate this knee crap.


  1. Sorry about your knee. When is the half marathon? I think if your knee is bothering you, you need to BACK OFF distance and pace and let it heal. I have learned this the hard way. One race isn't worth getting injured and ending up out of commission. Not fun, but it is what it is.

    Maybe take it easy this week and see you you feel this weekend. I had knee pain last weekend and didn't run again until Thursday.

    Best wishes!!!!

  2. The half is on April 24, about 30 days from now.
    I have 2 weekends left to do a long run, and 8 is the farthest I have ran. My only goal is to complete running the entire half.

    I will be resting Sunday and Monday (maybe just go for a slow stroll) and run an easy mile or so on Tuesday.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog!!
    I would for sure let that knee heal up before tackling any long distances. Listen to your body. There will always be more races. You have to take care of yourself and train smart so that your body holds up for them.


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