2017 is going to be a big race year for me… still. Even though I’ve had to revise my plans at bit.
During training for the Glass Slipper Challenge (runDisney’s Enchanted 10K and Princess Half Marathon), I started to develop some really fun runner’s knee in my right knee. Having recently (at the time) met with a physical therapist, we determined that my IT band in both legs is incredibly tight… that, plus kind of goofing off and going from 5mi “long runs” to an 8mi long run was just… stupid. So I maxed out at 9mi with my training runs and decided to taper early to give my knee plenty of time to rest.
In an effort to become a better runner, I’ve been doing lots of booty/quad/hip strengthening exercises, as well as lots of stretching and foam rolling. But it’s a slow, slow journey, so I decided I need to be a bit more conservative with my plans for this year.
As a result, my race plans have been revised quite a bit.
So here’s the update:
- WCRC New Years Day Hangover Classic 10K I survived!
- Snowflake Shuffle 5K I survived!
- Enchanted 10K (Glass Slipper Challenge) I survived!
- Princess Half Marathon (Glass Slipper Challenge and Coast-to-Coast) I survived!
UNDENIABLY THE MOST FUN I’VE EVER HAD AT A RACE. Updates with tons of pictures, coming soon!
- Shamrock Shuffle
- TI 10-Miler
- Tinkerbell Half Marathon (earning my pink Coast-to-Coast medal!)
- Ragnar Reach the Beach
- Wineglass Marathon
I had originally planned to run the Shamrock Half Marathon in March, but that knee pain totally freaked me out. So I switched my registration to the Shuffle (which is only 2mi) and took a loss on the fee I originally paid. It’s fine. Not the end of the world. I’ll head out there and cheer on my friends from the sidelines and be perfectly happy with that!
I had a moment of insanity on February 14th…
I registered for the Disney Marathon on January 7th, 2018. So I’m now planning to run two marathons within 3 months of each other. Ooooopsies! Part of the appeal was that a woman I worked with threw it out to the Facebook universe that she, her fiance, and their friend were looking for a 4th roomie for marathon weekend. Who am I to say no to a cheap room? Especially considering I had already spent an arm and a leg (and perhaps a few internal organs) on Princess Half Marathon Weekend. It’s all good. I get to go back to Disney. I’m thrilled!
Anywho, the reason I’m now running a 10-miler in April is to see if I can get a decent proof of time to submit for the Disney Marathon in January. I certainly can’t rely on my Princess Half Marathon time (I spent so much time goofing off taking pictures), I anticipate having the same result for Tinker Bell Half Marathon, and I don’t want to put pressure on myself to rely on my Wineglass Marathon time for POT. I want to enjoy my first marathon, not use it as a means to an end for another event.
All in all, I think the year will still be a great one, even if it’s not nearly as ambitious as I had originally intended. I just need to focus on less mileage, better quality mileage, and cross training. More about my new training plan is coming soon.
Have you had to revise your race plans for the year? How did you feel when you realized you needed to?