In nearly 4 weeks I will be running my second half marathon, the Canby Dahlia Run. I feel like my leg has fully recovered from the injury, but I am still a little behind on training. Tonight I planned to run 13.5 miles, but instead ran 8 miles because I didn’t want to be out too late. I will (hopefully) attempt 13.5 miles this Wednesday.
I felt really good when I stopped running tonight after 8 miles, so that is a good sign. I did not run fast … it took 84 minutes to run 8 miles. While that is much slower than my half marathon pace, it was injury free so I’ll take it!
I am raising money for Womenspace, a domestic violence and advocacy group in Eugene Oregon. If you have not done so already, I would love your support. None of the money goes to me… it goes to Womenspace. My Eugene Marathon, the Canby Dahlia Run, and the full Seattle Marathon are all being used to help raise money for Womenspace. Click the image below to visit my fundraising page… whether you give $5 or $1000, everything helps.
Above is a photo of me in the Eugene Marathon. I am in the silver shorts and the purple shirt, on the left side of the photo.
I finished the half marathon in 1 hour, 54 minutes, 45 seconds. For those of you who are unsure how far that is, a half marathon is 13.1 miles. I finished the race without stopping to walk. That Eugene marathon now seems decades ago because I am recovering from a leg injury. I am training for the Canby Dahlia Run, a half marathon, which happens on Saturday August 24th. But as many of you know, my ultimate goal is to run in my first full length marathon… a bucket list item that I started prepping for on September 17th, 2012.
I plan on running in the Seattle Marathon on December 1st of this year, the full marathon. Because the Seattle marathon is my ultimate goal, that means I am now approaching the Canby Dahlia Run with lowered standards. Originally the Canby Dahlia Run was supposed to be part of my training as I geared up to run my first full marathon in Seattle. But with my leg injury I missed a lot of training time. Today I know I could not run a half marathon. I have approximately 6 weeks to train for Canby, but I am not pushing myself because I don’t want to re-injure the leg.
Every time in the past, when I have trained for a marathon, some stupid injury happens and I do not run it. I do not want this muscle injury to be a bucket list “buster.” For that reason I have lowered my goals for the Canby Dahlia Run. My goal is to finish it, without hurting my leg… even if I have to stop and walk. I am not sure I will be in shape to run the whole thing by August 24th. To get my leg healed took nearly two weeks of not running and just resting it 😦
The full Seattle Marathon is my ultimate goal for this year… and running it without stopping to walk.