Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I'll never say "I CAN'T" again


Last year my friend Chelsea asked me if I wanted to do the Wharf to Wharf 10K race. When she told me how far a 10K was I immediately said, "No way. I CAN'T run that far." She kept telling me I could, but I really believed I COULDN'T. Now here I am, about to run my first 10K. Last night I ran... wait for it... 6.16 miles!!! And I ran the W H O L E 6.16. Can you believe it?? Because I can't!! I wanted to prove to myself I can run the whole 10K. After mile 5, my knees, hips, and body were begging me to stop, but I only had 1 of 7 laps left to go!! I will never say, "I can't" again. Maybe, "I don't want to", but not "I can't".
Who knows whats in my future, maybe like my grandpa, several marathons? Maybe Boston one day. Future is so hopeful!
My friend Chelsea broke her hip running. I always admired her running. She had pain but didn't know why until she went to the doctor and he told her it was broken. She has had to take a lot of time recovering. My friend Tori has been really sick for 2+ weeks and hasn't been able to train. Now Sara is injured and can't run for a while. All these ladies have inspired me to run! I understand not being able to run because of injury or sickness. But me, I just didn't think I could ever run that far. All these inspiring ladies will be back at it in no time. If you ever talk to serious runners, they all face this. Injury. It's part of the running life.
I really need to be careful not to over do the running and get injured. I can feel my knees aching. I will run a short run tomorrow then rest until Saturday. Ice my knees, take hot bath, IBProfan, and maybe some Icy Hot?

11 comments:

Weightless said...

I'm so happy for you and your 6.16 miles! I'm not sure I told you that earlier or not...

Injury is just part of being an athlete. We all push our selves hard, physically and mentally to reach our goals. But you're right listening to our bodies is key.

Good luck this weekend <3

Kimberlynn said...

Hi there Adrienne...I came by to see what you've been up to. Wow...6.16 miles!!! That's amazing. Even at my best when I was 19 years old, I only ran 5 miles. Keep it up, you'll be running marathons in no time!!!

KellyNY said...

Adrienne, first, congrats on running a 10K! That's fantastic, what an accomplishment. But please don't over do it. Listen to your body.

Kendra said...

Great job Adrienne! I can't decide if I want to do a 10K or not. I'm still so slow I'm afraid I'll be last.

Adrienne said...

Thank you all!
Thank you Sara! <3 you.
Kimberlynn! HI there! Miss ya! thank you!
Thank you Kelly!
Kendra, I am soooo SLOW. last night I ran that at a 14 min mile pace! Soo slow! But still hard for me, and I didn't walk at all, I hope I won't be last ;) you should do it!

thinspired said...

Wow!! 6.16 miles!! That's so great!! Keep up the good work :-)

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

I LOVE your blog, it is adorable. YAY for 6.16 miles that is awesome! Be careful with those knees....I recommend foam rolling too!

blondevue... said...

That is so awesome! You're doing so great, you've inspired me for a lot of this year, and reading your post today was a huge encouragement.
Have a great week lady! :)

Adrienne said...

Thank you all! I will have to look into getting a foam roller..

KellyNY said...

Adrienne - the new PointsPlus system at WW is a total revamp. Most fruits & veggies are now 0 points, but other foods have increased in points values. Also, your daily points have increased to include this factor. And you also get more extra points during the week.

Adrienne said...

Oh wow.. I'll have to check into that. Do you recommend it?