Back in November, my two friends (sisters Ashley and Shelley) and myself registered as a group in the random drawing for entrance into the first Nike Women’s HALF Marathon in Washington, DC. The race caps out at 15,000 runners including guaranteed spots for college students. Our chances were slim but on December 14th, we received a confirmation that we were accepted into the race.
I was injured when I registered for the race but had just started Physical Therapy and assumed I would be ready for a half marathon by April not thinking far enough into the situation that I would need to start training about 12 weeks out. Whoops. Now, 11 weeks from race day and I have run a handful of times since that day back in November when I registered. Double whoops.
I have had my ups and downs in the last few months. Times when I wanted to give up and times when I thought my knee injury was behind me (but I was wrong). After countless weeks of frustration, I found CrossFit. On January 14th, I went to my first CrossFit workout and was hooked. In the last month, I have gone to CrossFit 3-4 times a week and already feel myself getting stronger. One of the results I am seeing is with pullups. Most girls I know can’t do unassisted pull-ups, including myself. At my “box” (another name for a CrossFit gym), we use different color bands for resistance starting with black with the most resistance (to green, blue, red) and ending at purple with the least resistance. I started out with green and have now moved down to blue for workouts with tons of reps and red for warmups or lighter workouts. I have also stopped getting so frustrated with my inability to train the way I should be right now for a half marathon. Either CrossFit has my mind occupied for the time being or CrossFit has won my heart. We shall see.
Today, i took a break from CrossFit and hit the treadmill. The outcome? Finally, a really really really good one. I ran 5 miles! This is the most I have ran since the Philadelphia Half Marathon back in November. This 5 miles also marks my FIRST run with absolutely NO KNEE PAIN! The best part? I ran intervals at a 7:30-8:00 pace with an active recovery of 400m at 9:22. That means NO WALKING. I ran 5 miles at an average pace of 8:23 with my warm up and cool down. Maybe this is my light at the end of the tunnel and if so, I wish you could see the smile on my face.
Bring it on, Nike, bring it on!