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?