Thankfully, I rested 6+ weeks and my knees returned to normal. On impulse (and with nagging from a friend) I signed up for a half marathon. I found a schedule that looked doable (ha!) and fired it up three weeks ago. Did you know when you take 6 weeks off you are back to square one? Like you can barely-run-2-minutes-without-panting square one? SUPER frustrating. Despite my grumbles about my lack of fitness, I've thrown myself in to the sport. I've read lots of blogs and some books and am super focused on nutrition, form, interval training, etc etc.
This past Saturday, my running partner and I ran FIVE miles. I can't believe that it is actually getting easier. It's still no 13 miler (thankfully the half isn't until May) but it's an enormous accomplishment. Please don't get me wrong, though, after about 2 miles it was a serious mental and physical battle. Last Fall when I started running, I had never ran a mile. When I took 6 weeks off I had to retrain my body to reach that mile once again. Now I run miles and am amazed what my body can do. Yes, I'm bit by the bug. I think about running all the time and am jealous when I see people running outside and can't wait for my next run. Who woulda thought?
Jazzed after my first ever 5 on Saturday: