|Foot x-ray taken when I had plantar fasciitis|
Finally, I was able to run more regularly and by 2009 I was running short distances. And then I had a bad year of tension headaches (pretty much the pain of a migraine without the other symptoms), and they were so frequent that I felt like at all times I either had a headache, was recovering from a headache, or was trying to take care of things that I missed because of a headache. So, my running was very sporadic for another couple years, as I just couldn’t dedicate myself.
Then Spring of 2011 rolled around and the headaches were mostly under control (thank you, acupuncture!). So, I started running again. I did a couple local 5Ks and was REALLY SLOW! But I was not discouraged. I knew that I had done this before, so I could do it again. I joined a half marathon training program called Friends & Fitness, and began weekly long runs with the group. In addition, there were weekly speed and hill workouts. I was still slower than I had been in 2006, but I was getting back into my groove.
And then, another set-back. This time, it was a stress fracture to my right tibia. That’s the big bone in the lower leg. I had trained up to 11 miles, then had to stop and take ten weeks off running. How frustrating! Not just because I was injured, but because before the injury I had registered for several races. I’d become so confident that I was “back” when I registered for those races. But in reality, I had ramped up my training too fast. I started adding distance too quickly without first having maintained a decent base of weekly mileage.
Eventually, I started running again and had only a few weeks to prepare for my next half marathon (I had to skip an earlier half marathon). My big debut race was the ING Hartford Half Marathon. It was a fabulous experience! My friend Sherri, a Connecticut local, was also running the race, and I had a great time catching up with her and her family. The Hartford race was well-managed and fun, even if I was slow and a little sore. My injury didn’t much bother me until the end of the race.
|At start of 2011 Hartford Half with Sherri and Hiam (waving to the photog, Sherri's brother Mark Englehart)|
|With Sherri having a celebratory beer in Hartford|
|2011 Marine Corps Marathon with Michelle and Elizabeth (they ran the marathon, I ran the 10K)|
|2011 Fairfax Four Miler, a night-time New Years Eve race|
My last race of 2011 was on the evening of New Year’s Eve. At that point I was registered for three big races in January. But little did I know that my crazy January race schedule was just a shadow of what was to come in 2012…