Back Up and Running

20 Apr

I had aspirations for my first blog posts in 10 months to be poignant, focused and impactful, witty even. But I’m finding my thoughts hard to wrangle. I’ll do the best I can.

Since this blog is called “MainlyRunning” let’s start there. The last ten months have brought plenty of running. I continued training for most of the summer, though I didn’t write about it, which I do lament. And of course, I kept riding my trusty bike, Lucy.

My first race post knee surgery was in October. I teamed up with some good friends to run a Halloween inspired 5k in a graveyard. Prizes were given for best costumes in both the individual and group categories. I am happy to report that while I didn’t come close to winning the race (I finished in 32:45), we did win the best group costume contest. The Three Blind Mice were well received.IMG_1094

Later that month I joined my husband and some friends to run another 5k put on by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. This course was at one of the usual Philly 5k haunts; it started at the Art Museum, and was an out and back down Martin Luther King Drive. My time slipped a bit, I finished in 34:29, but I had fun, and ran the majority of the course.549109_4204290903246_1567401214_n

In November I started to feel pain in my left foot. I ignored it for a while and employed the ill-advised “maybe it’ll go away on it’s own” mindset. I ran a 5-mile Turkey Trot race on Thanksgiving Day. It was one of the cooler races I’ve done, it’s an out and back on Fairmount Park’s Forbidden Drive and the 2.5-mile turn around is right next to the Inn I got married at! My goal was to finish in under an hour, and I wrapped up at 57:25. Success! …and then I spent the rest of Thanksgiving limping.


An early December doctor’s appointment confirmed what I did not want to hear, I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot. I didn’t let that get me down, though the lazy half of me sure did want to. I did the prescribed exercises, I had a consultation with a “shoe guy,” got some inserts for my running shoes and my work shoes, and I asked for winter running gear for Christmas anyway.

Winter came and I healed, and I ran. I ran outside. I ran on the treadmill. I ran in the drizzle. And in the snow.

But the thing I didn’t do was write about it, and it’s time to get this blog back up and running. So here are my next steps:

1. Run a 5k race every month starting this month
2. Train for the Philadelphia Marathon Half Marathon in November
3. Blog about my running adventures at least once per week

I have even more specific breakdowns of these plans, but for now, that will do.

The biggest take away of the last 10 months, even if I haven’t written it is: Keep Running.


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