I have been MIA for a while – a LONG while – but I’m determined to be back with a vengeance! I ended up falling while out on a run by myself (technically, I wasn’t alone, but my parent’s Jack Russell wasn’t super helpful during the situation) and had to stumble the 0.8 miles back home on a busted up knee that was bleeding profusely, and a seriously sprained ankle. WARNING: the following images are not for the faint of heart.
My knee was bleeding so much I had to take off my dirty sock and use it as a band-aid to keep the blood from pooling in my shoe. And as you can see on the right, my ankle ballooned up rather nicely.
So, needless to say, I was out of commission on the running front for a while. Ten weeks to be exact. At this point, I have crazy nasty scars on my knee, and the Mederma doesn’t seem to be doing much, and my ankle is still a little swollen and hurts when I touch it. But I can put weight on everything just fine.
The Disney Princess Half Marathon is coming up faster than I expected. I can’t remember if I blogged about the drama involved with registration, so if this is a repeat, I am ever so sorry. But actually I kind of like repeating myself. I wanted to register for the Glass Slipper Challenge, cause hey, 3 medals for 2 runs sounds pretty good to me! It ended up being pretty pricey and I couldn’t afford the fees when sign ups went live. A few days later after I was paid, it was already sold out. Bummer! But it’s ok. I registered for the Enchanted 10k with two of my old friends from high school.
On Friday, I received an email from a travel agent I had contacted back in May/June (and promptly forgot about) saying a space had opened up for the Challenge! The only caveat was I had to book my hotel in her room block – which gave me the choice of 3 Disney hotels for less than their normal rate. I was sold. Even better – Disney will refund my original 10k registration fee so I’m not out that money! It was kismet. However; that means I’ve got to be in tip top shape by the end of February to make it through 19.3 mi in about 24-26 hours. Also, we decided to run the Enchanted 10k as The Incredibles and I’m going to make a Sofia the First costume for the Princess Half. SO EXCITED.
And so I re-start my half marathon training – again. I had been hesitant to run since there is still some swelling and pain in my ankle, but I’ve been able to walk fine for about a month. This morning I did a very slow 3 mi because 1) I’m out of shape, 2) it’s so cold it hurt my lungs, and 3) I don’t want to do anything to crazy and risk another injury. I’m planning on wearing an ankle brace or wrap for the time being on my bad ankle, just to keep it from rolling over again, which is how I’ve gotten all 5 (or is it 6 now?) ankle sprains I’ve had.
Today’s run: 3.04 mi in 34:37 for an average pace of 11:23. I know that sounds bad, but 11 is my target pace for the half. I took a lot of long walk breaks to deal with the painful cold air and to make sure my joints were feeling alright, and they were. My goal is 4 runs a week (three to be between 3-5 mi with one long run on either Saturday or Sunday to increase mileage).
Watch out Orlando, I’m coming for you – and your little medals too!