Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Return to Running and Letting Boston Go

Okay, maybe it was only a measly 5 miles or so, but I did it!  I ran!  My mom, step-dad and little sister are in town, so we went for a hike on Friday.  While hiking, I decided to test out my foot and run a little bit here and there.  There was no pain whatsoever.  The next day, I woke up feeling great!  I decided to go for a nice and easy run on the bay, where my family is renting a house.  The next day, my calves were aching but my foot was just fine.

I waited a day before running again, like a smart runner.  I went on my second pain-free run with Angela last night as my little sister rode a rented beach cruiser behind us.  It was a beautiful night, and the sun was preparing to set as we made our way around the bay.  Now that the sun doesn't set until 7:00 or so, I can take advantage of running on the beach or the bay after work.  This is something I greatly miss during the winter months. 

Me and my baby sister, post-run/bike

This is a somewhat somber time for me right now as I should be flying to Boston this weekend.  I should be picking up my bib, exploring the city and eating pizza to carb up for the big day.  I should be setting out my race outfit this Sunday night and I should be feeling butterflies in my stomach.  I should be experiencing taper madness right now and excitement all at once.  Instead, I am barely running 5 miles and feeling grateful for that.  I am so excited for everyone that is running this Monday.  I just wish I could be there. There were so many people I was looking forward to meeting in Boston and I had so much pent up nervousness for Heartbreak Hill.  All of this will have to wait; the butterflies, the carbs, Heartbreak Hill.  There is always another year.  I will try to qualify again this year and run in 2014.  2014 just feels so far away.  I'll be 27, nearly 28!  So much can change by then.

Change is inevitable.  I just hope that in 2 years I am equally as excited about marathons and in even better shape.  I hope I still find enjoyment in tempo runs and comfort in slow, quiet, solo runs.    I hope that I listen to my body and follow a training plan.  I hope I am wiser and more cautious than I am today.   If all of this is so, I will run a great Boston Marathon in a few years! 

Bye-Bye, Boston.  Bye-Bye, cool jacket. 

49 comments:

  1. Ugh, well that just bites the big one. I am sorry, but thrilled you could do five pain free miles. Hang in there - thinking of you!!

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  2. I am sorry that you will not be able to run in Boston. But I know you will get there again. ((Hugs))!

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  3. So sorry you won't be there--on a selfish level, i wanted to meet you! On an unselfish level, it really sucks for you to let it go. But you are a very talented runner and have many, many more Bostons ahead of you.

    I'm glad you are able to run pain free again--that is a big step in the right direction!!

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  4. Really sorry about Boston, but love to read any blog posts about pain-free running after an injury. I hope the healing continues and you're able to get your Boston on down the line.

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  5. Kate you are so awesome.
    I know 2014 feels far away but you've got it. And holy young!!! I feel ancient at 35. Rock 27!!
    You
    Are
    So
    One
    Of
    My
    FAVS.

    You'll get Boston. You know it.

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  6. There's not a lot to say to make you feel better. You know Boston will be there in the future, and you know you're health is more important, because you already made the hard decisions.

    Instead, I'm going to champion your successes. Five pain free miles!!!! YAY!!!!!

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  7. Meh... the jacket was ugly this year anyway. I'm sure it'll be awesome in 2014 though! :D haha seriously thrilled you're running pain free again!

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  8. Too big of a bummer :(

    Injury just rots in every way. I agree with Emz…holy young :) You have so much time…have the faith and the patience. You want to be doing this 20+ years from now when you're REALLY old…like me :)

    Wishing peace for you and NO pain.

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  9. Ah Kate this has to be difficult. But 2014 will be here before you know it. You will get to have more great runs and races between now and then. Life will bring you new joy you will see. 27 is so young to me...I had not even met my husband at 27! I never knew I could run a half marathon at 27! you know you can BQ already! you already know you can do it, that is a big +...you know you have it in you.
    running 5 miles...that is good news...let's hope you continue to be able to run with no pain!

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  10. Such a bummer on all levels. But Kate, you will be back and much stronger!! You have such a good attitude about the whole thing too. I forget you are so young. :)

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  11. Oh, and I'll miss you. :( Wanted to meet you.

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  12. That really stinks. I'm glad you're out of blog hiding, and I hope you continue to heal up. The only thing that stinks about distance running is that months and years of work can feel wasted with an injury, but it looks like you are taking what you can from it and learning patience. I hate learning patience!!!

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  13. Oh I'm sorry. But, great that you were able to run pain-free again!

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  14. 5 pain free miles!!! That's fantastic! You'll get your BQ again... no question :)

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  15. You can run again! That's all that really counts. Next years Boston will be even more exciting because of what you've been through.

    Barbara
    My Running Shortz

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  16. ohhh injuries they are so bittersweet...all of our plans completely wrecked and yet once i get past my anger I almost always have some amazing lessons come from those moments where I am forced not to run

    Boston will be there and your passion for running will be even stronger when you get to go!

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  17. Injuries are the worst! Boston will be there waiting for you in 2014!

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  18. So sad you won't be able to run nit this year but look at the bright side - there are SO many advisories and it may not be the best time ever. Maybe your injury was a blessing in disguise. You WILL qualify again and you WILL run Boston. I believe in you!!

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