A Running Injury Flash Back
February, 2010: Plantar Fasciitis
March, 2010: Runner’s Knee
Last year, I had plans to achieve my dreams of running a Half Marathon. My body apparently thought differently.
But just as I’ll never let a crumbly piece of cake ruin my day, I also refuse to let a few injuries set me back from my ultimate goal. I will run a Half Marathon. And I will stay healthy and injury free in the process.
Today, I finally decided to take the plunge, as I filled up my calendar with key dates and weekly long runs. This all feels so delightfully official.
One devoted and supportive running partner. Sixteen weeks of training. And one determined attitude.
It all begins on January 29th!!
In an attempt to do all that I can to avoid any lingering, pesky injuries, I’m also adding a regular yoga/strength training routine to each week. A wise runner once told me that running only works certain muscles. This can create a muscle imbalance, so it’s crucial to keep the arms, abs and legs strong for pumping up those hills while keeping a proper form, even as the body grows tired.
Know what else is important?
Sleep. Never understimate the power of a regular sleeping schedule.
Question: Have you ever set a major goal for yourself? What were some challenges you faced and what made you successful in the end?