Sometimes the hardest decisions, are also the easiest ones. It's a strange place to be when you can so clearly see both sides.
I had been holding out hope that I'd still be able to run the Victoria Marathon, or at least the half. I would get to 3K on my treadmill and somehow think it was doable. But the reality is, I'm scared to run after my kids, I'm afraid to run outside, and sometimes taking that first step after a walk break on the treadmill feels alot like "oh sh*t, what might happen?"
I had had two successful runs this past week with no pain. I started incorporating a knee brace, and with that on, ran a 5K and then two days later a 7K. But yesterday, I did my run walk, and had pain at 6.5, then again at 7.5. I made it 8K before I shut the treadmill off. I tried picking up my phone to cancel our hotel, but just couldn't do it. Not because I was overly upset, it was just something too big for me to do. So I had my hubby do it. I sat and stretched while he cancelled our flights and our room. I just needed to have that weight off of my shoulders. These crazy distances looming there that I thought somehow I could acheive.
And with that lifted, I have nothing else on the calendar other than Winterstart in Banff, which is a 5 miler. Easy enough that I can walk, and I'm there with a girlfriend, so will have company along the route.
I have learned alot this past Summer, and credit alot of it to my knee injury, but also to watching Ironman Whistler. I was humbled by the marathoners, who after a swim, and bike, AND in grueling conditions, made that marathon look "easy". When you attend a marathon on it's own, there is carnage everywhere near the end. Not at the Ironman. And I clearly saw that there is a better way to train. I took a swim class in August through our city, swimming twice a week working on stroke improvement. And I got onto my bike and started cycling at least once a week. I've incorporated yin yoga, and just recently some pilates to focus on my core. On top of all that I'm doing my physio exercises and icing my knee. Truth to be told, I'm more active now than when I was just logging long distances.
With Vic off the table, I'll be cancelling my physio appointments, and taking time to just BE. I'll be doing all I wrote above, and running no more than 5K's. I might even take the next few weeks off. It's also two days from my 36th birthday, so I've been reflecting on what some of my yearly goals will be. With rehabilitation in mind, here how I hope to approach things:
1. Take time off running until I no longer hear a click in my knee going up stairs.
2. Get to the point that without thinking, I freely chase after my kids (right now, I'm scared to run after them at all).
3. Once those two are hit, back on the treadmill and see how the knee is fairing.
4. Get back outside and running on the road.
5. Get stronger and faster at swimming. I've taken out a Y membership so I can swim twice a week while my littlest is at preschool. I am right now doing 1K in 1 hr. I'd like to see that get faster, and I'd like to improve my endurance on my front crawl.
6. Try out a cycling class. Tricky due to timing, but I'd like to find a way to give it a go.
7. Try a triathlon in the Spring. I've looked at the Strathmore Diva Run or the Vulcan Tin Man. I don't have a road bike so need a nice introduction, with a run no longer than 5K as I don't know where my knee will be at.
8. Maybe, maybe, thinking a year away to next Fall, maybe a half will be possible. Maybe not. Not clinging too tightly to that as a goal. Maybe a distant wish. Time will tell.
I've had some say (and even myself) that my family has had a really crappy year. It is true that it could be looked at that way. But there is a positive lining to everything, and I have learned alot about myself, my family, my friends, and I truly feel blessed to see the world the way I see it now.
School starts back up here on Tuesday, and hopefully I'll be in this space more often!