2010 was a great running year for me! I ran my first 10k, my first 10 mile race and my first, second, third and fourth half marathon! I accomplished more than I ever thought and to be quite honest, I am pretty darn proud of myself.
The 2011 running season is just around the corner and I thought I would talk about races I want to do, training plan and injuries.
- My first race of 2011 will be the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in DC! I am SO excited I got into this race. The 10 miler is on April 3rd, so not too close, but definitely coming up quickly!
- And a few weeks later, on May 1 I will be running Broad Street in Philadelphia. This one is another 10 mile race and I can’t wait for it!
- I would really like to expand my horizons this year and really want to do a duathlon or a triathlon. There is the Go Diva Duathlon in July and the SheRox Triathlon in August. As much as I would like to do both, they are pretty pricey, over $100 each, so I might have to choose one or the other. The triathlon would be a lot more fun and challenging, but I don’t have access to a pool, making it a lot more difficult to train. I really need to figure that part out and if I can’t make the swimming work then obviously the duathlon would be a better choice.
- I don’t have any half marathons on my schedule quite yet, but I will more than likely run the Philly Rock ‘N’ Roll again. I hope I can find some more because I love running halfs!
- And the big running news is…I am planning on running my first FULL marathon this year! I have my sites set on the Marine Corps Marathon in DC, which is October 31st. So fingers crossed I can get in when registration opens in a few weeks. I’m really looking forward to training and running the full and hopefully my whole family will be able to come up to watch me.
- I loved traveling to Texas last year to run a half marathon and I hope I can do the same this year. Maybe I will run San Antonio again, or maybe something else!
Since Cherry Blossom is up first I have already started training (sort of, more on that a few paragraphs down). It actually took me a long time to come up with a training plan, but I think I finally settled on a plan I like.
The biggest obstacle is going to be our vacation to Belgium. I am more than likely not taking my running shoes and don’t plan on running. We will be walking a lot and I am going to do to do some strength training, but that’s it.
I wanted to incorporate strength training twice a week and will either lift weights at the gym or do Jillian Micheal’s 30 Day Shred if I am pressed for time. I’m also obsessed with riding my bike and will be using that as cross training.
Even though I tried to take winter off from running, I kept some base miles so hopefully it won’t be too hard to get back in the swing of things.
I really lucked out and made it through all of last year without getting injured. And them BAM! I finish the Philly half in November and it’s just been one thing after the other. At about mile 11 my calves started to really cramp up but I pushed through. As soon as I crossed the finish line I felt a pain in my right foot that made it nearly impossible to walk. After some computer research and twitter help I realized I was dealing with plantar fasciitis. I took three weeks completely off from running and iced and stretched like crazy. Freezing a water bottle and rolling it underneath my feet helped the most.
By the time December ended my feet were feeling good and I started running some more. In the beginning of January I started to notice a pain in my right hip while doing lunges. I iced and stretched my hip but kept working out through the pain. It never bothered me while running, but seemed to flare up while lunging, squatting or just sitting. The pain eventually subsided into a dull ache that was bearable and didn’t bother me, but my hip never felt right.
And then a few weeks ago, out of no where, I injured my back mysteriously and was in some of the worst pain ever for about a week. I did a lot of online research and it seemed like my back pain could be related to my hip pain.
I finally made an appointment with a doctor for my hip and back pain and went this past week. I am dealing with piriformis in my right hip, and like I suspected, this is what also caused some of my back pain. The doctor was amazing and really stretched out my hip and gave me exercises to do at home. Even though Cherry Blossom training was supposed to officially start on Monday, he wanted me to give it a few days to really work on my hips and to see if it helped at all. So I am taking a few more days off in hopes of getting this all under control.
Whew ok, that was a lot. I am really hoping to stay injury free this year, and I now know that prevention is key. I am taking extra time to really stretch, I am working on my core, and I know that if something starts to hurt it’s best to take time off immediately.