Just the Start

It’s raining. Has been the entire run. Every bit of me is soaked. My waterproof jacket is apparently only waterproof for an hour and a half. Doesn’t matter, the rain feels awesome! I’m feeling a bit tired, and the green tea Kit-Kats aren’t a good substitute for proper run fuel, but they gave me the boost to get over the 9 mile mark. The water fountain downtown is thankfully operational, and the water is welcome. A little while later and I’m on the home stretch.

12.3 miles. 12.4 miles. 12.5 miles.

12.6 miles. POW. Knee pain. Snap. Stop running. Can I do high knees? No no NO! That hurts. Can I do anything resembling bounds? Not even close. This is knee pain akin to what I felt on my 30th birthday last year.

Half mile to go. Stop and stretch the quads, do some leg swings.¬†Walk a bit. Yup. I can move. Just keep moving. Go back to the dreaded J word: JOG. It’s almost like running, but my legs aren’t really moving like they should. My head is yelling “FINISH STRONG, KEEP RUNNING!” but experience is telling me “STOP!” It’s alright though, I’ve felt this pain several times before, each time when I pushed myself too hard during training, amping up the miles too much. The best course of action: don’t push it. Just walk.

13.0 miles. So close.

I see our house. The urge to sprint through the front door rises. The knee pain isn’t sharp, but it’s present nonetheless.

13.1 MILES. My first half marathon!

My Garmin actually reads 13.5 miles, due to forgetting my jacket at the beginning of the run. The next week will consist of a lot of stretching and icing so the tight muscles and tendons that cause this pain fall in line and I can continue training for the Bayshore (one month away!). Probably no running until Friday or Saturday.

The moral of the story? Be smart, don’t add too many miles too quickly, and if you do find yourself hurting on a run know that you shouldn’t feel compelled to try to overcome it by going fast. Oh, and I RAN A HALF MARATHON!

Run happy!

First Half Marathon - April 30 2017



A while back, I received an email inviting me to sign up for a group run with one of our company’s VPs. The group run aspect was really all I needed, but on top of that the VP has run the Boston Marathon multiple times. So…my name went on the list pretty quickly.

The downside to the group run? The VP has run Boston multiple times. He’s fast. The other folks in the group? Also fast. “Conversational pace” to them was a good 1.5 minutes faster than my conversational pace. Nothing that I couldn’t keep up with, but trying to speak intelligently with the group…not great.

In the end, the run was great fun, with good conversation (by others!) and I set several PRs (5k at 27:38 and 2 mile at 17:32).

Run happy!


Five Easy Steps to Stop Injuries When Running

Step 1: Start sloooow….

Step 2: Seriously, that’s not really slow. Slow it down.

Step 3: That’s better. Now don’t overdo it. You just ran your first mile since you last seriously injured your knee in the fall.

Step 4: What are you doing? That mile felt ok, but why are you pushing yourself to run 4 miles on your first run back?

Step 5: Call your doc and PT. Let them know you did it again.