I'm off the crutches but I'm not ready to run yet.
I know the Brooklyn Half Marathon, which was to be my first of the year, is off the table. How could I possibly run 13 miles in 17 days? Impossible.
I'm in limbo because I don't yet have a plan and I'm not sure how to create one.
Short-term Goal #1: start running again
I need to take it slow, but if I want to achieve goal number's 2 and 3, then I can't wait too long.
Short-term Goal #2: New York Mini-10K June 11
I have 38 days till this 6.1mile race. It is one over my favorite races and I couldn't run it last year because of an injury, so I'm not going to miss it again this year.
Short-term Goal #3: See Jane Run Women's Half-Marathon, Seattle, July 17
I have about two and a half months before this race. There are so many reasons why I want to run this one (including the chance to meet Mel); I definitely don't want to miss out on two half-marathons in one year!
One of the reasons why I had this most recent stress reaction is because I have osteopenia. I was diagnosed with this in when I was 28, which is really young for this condition. This diagnosis ultimately lead to my diagnosis of Cushing's Disease later that year. Because I have osteopenia my bones are more susceptible to fractures and breaks than normal. When Sports Doc told me about the stress reaction, she also said that because of my condition I need to start training long before the typical runner and increase my mileage slowly. Of course for someone who thinks the longer the better, and who has races coming up, this is not what I wanted to hear.
Right now I'm thinking this Saturday will be my first run, but only a couple miles. When I started training for the Broad Street Run, even though I have been working out 5 - 6 days a week for years, I went from running 2-3 days a week to 5 days. I think this increase in mileage so quickly is what did me in. I've definitely learned my lesson and will have a more even mix of running and cross training this time. But other than that, I don't have a plan yet, but somehow I will get to the starting line in Central Park on June 11th.
I'm not too concerned about the Mini 10K, it's six miles, but the half in July has me just a little nervous. I'm still determined to get there though.
If any of you are a running coach, or if you know one, who might be willing to help me workout a plan, please email me - lmhansen (at) hotmail.com
- What has helped you come back strong from an injury?
- What are your short-term fitness goals?
Today's workout -
2x20 lat pull down
2x25 cable pushdown
2x15 weighted side bends
3x15 reverse hanging crunches
3x15 back extensnion