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16km and counting... 4 Months Later

Posted Nov 30 2008 12:21pm
Well, I know that I don't quite have the hang of this blogging thing, as it's been 4 months (!) since I last posted. It's not that there hasn't been anything of note in the past 4 months, it's more like I let my busy life get in the way and didn't make time to sit down and write.
There have actually been many exciting and/or noteworthy things, that had I been diligent with keeping a blog, I would have written all about. Now that it's been 4 months (!) I can't really go back and re-live them all, however, here is a short synopsis of my past few months:

BMO Vancouver Half Marathon- the training that I had begun to chronicle came to a head with the main event on May 4th. It was a long 4 months of training from Jan-May, but it was a huge accomplishment and something that I can honestly say I didn't know if I could do because of my injuries. I suffered a lot of pain, cried many times and soothed my poor self with my ice packs too many times to count. However, it was so worth it when I crossed that finish line...2:31:57.

Scotiabank Half Marathon- I had so much fun training for the first one that I could not resist signing up for a second, just two months later, June 22, 2008. The Scotia starts at UBC and follows the beaches and parks completely downhill and into downtown Vancouver - a downhill half was great and the scenery was amazing.

Italy - my husband and I finally carved out some time to travel and spent 3 weeks in Italy earlier this summer - it was fantastic. It was the first trip to Europe for both of us and we were completely blown away by every city and town we visited including Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Tuscany (1 week), Cinque Terre and Milan. We shopped, ate, and of course, drank wine to our hearts content. Needless to say, it was hard to leave the Italian lifestyle and come back home to work and the real world!

A change of pace at work – along with all the good, of course, comes a little bad. Well, I shouldn’t say ‘bad’, just disappointing. In 2007 I returned to work for the first time since the accident. My new boss at UBC was gracious enough to offer me an 80% position until I worked my way up to full time, I was working 100% around May 2007. By Christmastime unfortunately, the full-time work was weighing very heavily on me and I was finding myself unable to cope with the stress, increasing pain and never-ending fatigue I was feeling. Unfortunately this meant I had to return to most of my therapy again and face the fact that maybe I can’t successfully work full-time anymore. In June 2008 I ended up having to reduce my hours to 60% in order to better manage my pain and accommodate all of the therapy. It`s still a trial arrangement for now, but who knows what will happen from here. All I know is that it was very difficult to acknowledge that you can’t do something anymore...

30 is the New 20 - In May I celebrated my 30th birthday and what I thought was going to be a family dinner turned out to be a surprise party at my parents' house. The evening was great and I am very lucky to have such a great group of friends and family. Needless to say, I didn't make it up the next morning for my long run...

So this brings up basically up to today...16km and counting. I found after finishing my first two half marathons that a certain ‘running depression’ followed shortly after each event. I think it was the startling absence of having a major goal to work towards. Sure it was amazing to accomplish each goal, but boy was it lonely without the goal afterwards. I think this is part of the reason that I find myself heading down to theRunning Roomevery Wednesday and Sunday for just a bit more training. :o)

My husband and I have been running along with the current half marathon training group and this weekend was the scheduled 16km. I have run this distance many times in training before, but it still felt like a big leap in terms of weekly mileage. It kind of feels like the point where I cross over from being someone who can run 10km to someone who is in training. Anyhow, the run went well, 16.83km in 1:56:33 – it’s not dazzling in terms of speed, but I felt good doing it.

The biggest difference between this time and last time is the addition of my handyGarmin Forerunner 405. I trained without GPS for the last two halves, but am finding it hugely motivating to have it along this time.

Anyhow, who knows where my training will lead this time. Could it be the Okanagan International, or possibly the Royal Victoria. Depending on how things go in my life, I might even have to cut the training short in favour of a new challenge...

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