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?
Good for you for training SMART. That’s really hard for most people. You’ll get there! Good luck!
I’m definitely aware of being a better runner when I am also strength training. I used to do weights 2 hours a week; now I do 2 sessions of ashtanga in the hopes of reviving my once-useful upper-body muscles!
Good luck with the half! I know you will rock it 🙂
Hurray! I’m so excited for you! That makes two of us training for a 1/2 Marathon! You could not be more right about balancing running with yoga & strength & stretching. I have begun to incorporate more cross-training into my work-out schedule and notice the difference.
I’m still working towards my ULTIMATE goal of becoming a registered dietitian. There will be obstacles, no doubt. But I believe my determination & motivation will help me overcome anything I encounter!
Awesome attitude with your goal of becoming an RD! You will get there! 😀
I’ve been following your blog for a while, and just wanted to pop in to let you know how much I enjoy your writing style and reading about your cooking adventures. It sounds like you have a very smart plan for your half-marathon. Good luck!
Thank you so much Laura! 😀
You can do it! 🙂
Awesome!! Good luck with the training!
Getting my Masters has been a big goal, and hard working full time, but I will finally be done in May! Woo hoo! You will be done too right? P.S. I gave you a Stylish Blogger Award over on my blog. I know you are alredy famous, lol, but you take the prettiest pictures!!
EEE! I’m so excited for you! I will definitly be following you while you train. I’m looking at starting training myself for my first half marathon and am nerrrvouus.