A story of going from being a non-runner to planning for a marathon in three years...

Friday, October 15, 2010

What's next?

Well the first thing I did was run a bit on the track on Wednesday night. I didn't take my Garmin and I didn't count my laps but I'd guess that Maribeth and I ran for 30 minutes at an easy, conversational pace. Amazingly my knee felt just fine even without wearing my knee strap.

Of course, my knee hurt most of the day on Thursday but maybe I'm just not ready for dress shoes quite yet.

I think the first thing I'm going to do is make an actual doctor's appointment and get some feedback. I'm still not sure what kind of cardio I can do safely (and don't say swimming. Sorry, swimmers, but blech) and I'd like to get a medical professional's opinion on my knee. For whatever that's worth, anyway.

Then, if I can, I'll spend the rest of the running season doing some easy 5Ks and 10Ks. No worrying about breaking any PRs. Just running for fun. And working in some more cross training and strength training.

But next year? My goals are as follows:

1. Cash in my CrossFit bootcamp Groupon.

2. Do at least one duathlon (run-bike-run)

3. Break 2 hours in a half marathon

4. Run another marathon

There's a rumor that my running club is thinking about organizing a trip to Las Vegas to do the marathon there in December 2011. I'd be down for that.

In the mean time, I'll be enjoying the spoils of finishing my first marathon.

From my brother

From Rae
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From my friend W
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P.S. You know those top 10 things I learned while running a marathon that I thought of while running and then promptly forgot? I remembered one. It's that the Mythbusters were wrong. Banana peels are very, very slippery. Especially when combined with heat, water, and Gatorade.


Holly said...

OMG I would totally do the Vegas half and meet you there!

Sara said...

I am rehabbing my knee and I've been doing pool running. It felt really awkward but when I got the hang of it, I really liked it. You might want to try it.

I did the Vegas Half last year and it was a lot of fun.

Steve said...

Banana peels? How about hundreds of waxed & flattened paper cups sitting on wet pavement!!!!!!

kilax said...

I love the top from Rae and the charm from W! :) What sweeties!

Let me know what duathons you are looking in to! I might like to try one out, even though I have a mountain bike :)

It's fun to make new goals. That is what I love about running - there are so many different goals you can aim toward (run a PR, run without stopping, run w/o injury) and so many different things to try!

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