06 May 2008

So for those (few) of you who read my blog and I don't talk to on a regular basis, here's the update on me and my leg. I took a couple of weeks totally off from running and then I did a short "test" run before the half-marathon clinic. Things felt not too bad so I plunked down my money and signed up for the insanity.

Since then I've had some good runs and some bad runs. On the bad ones I slow my pace down to a crawl in an effort to not make my leg worse and I try to focus on my posture and ignore the pain. On the good days there's only a bit of stiffness and it goes away during my post-run stretching.

All in all, things are going really well. I've been getting in 4-5 runs each week and my long runs are at 7 km right now. Combining all the extra exercise with paying closer attention to what I'm eating has resulted in some nice weight loss (6 lbs in the past two weeks making me 13 lbs lighter than a few months ago) and sometime this week I'm going to Old Navy with my hoarded gift cards to buy some spring clothing that fits.

I've been pondering tonight how I keep thinking about how I've just got back into running and I feel like a total newbie. Two of my runs this week (at my parents' place and by our condo) really reminded me, though, that although I'm just back at it again I've been running on and off for 10 years. It's a bit mind-boggling because I often think of my experience as being limited to my half marathon in 2002 and the 6 months of training I did for that.

Anyhow, that's what's going on in the world of Kim and running. I'll let you all know how running in Chicago goes next week!

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