Coming off my high of realizing I was successful in my 2008 Resolution, I decided to go for another challenge this year.
I’ve been a casual runner for the past few years, and two years ago I started getting more serious about it. I was training to run my first half marathon in November of 2007, and a few weeks before race day I started feeling pain in my lower back and left hip. I wanted to stick with my training schedule so–like an idiot–I ignored it and kept running. A couple weeks before race day a new pain in my lower leg added itself to the mix, and again–like an idiot–I ignored it and kept running. The morning of the race I pushed the pain out of my mind, and was thrilled to cross the start line. But of course, your mind is one thing–your body is quite another. Your mind tells you, “Suck it up–you can do it!” but your body knows when to say, “Enough is enough–we’re done here.” Since I was too stubborn to stop, my body did it for me. My left leg started giving out on me a couple miles into the race. By mile 6 I had told my running partner to go ahead without me. I never made it to mile 7.
To say I was devastated is an understatement. Adding injury to insult, it was weeks before I could walk again without pain, and months before I could do anything more active than walking without pain. I started running again in the spring of 2008, but it wasn’t the same. I’d feel the beginning twinges of pain, and then I’d panic and wouldn’t run again for weeks, or even months. Because of this, I barely ran at all in 2008.
One of my gifts from G this past Christmas was a Garmin Forerunner 305–a runner’s watch I’d been eyeing back in 2007. When I opened it he told me, “I know how hard it was for you to not finish that half marathon. And I also know how much you love running. I hope this will help get you back out there.” It was so sweet–and just the nudge I needed. That’s when I decided my New Year’s Resolution for 2009 would be to re-commit to running. And since I do better with measurable goals, I later amended it to: In 2009, I resolve to run 400 miles.
For additional accountability, I’ve decided to keep track of my mileage in the right margin of my blog for all the world to see (because let’s face it–you readers are all the world to me). Wish me luck!
Who else is making a running resolution this year? I’d love to hear about it!