|Poppa Sam and Corra swinging.|
During this time running was a really nice outlet for me to clear my head and feel normal when things felt uncertain. The next thing I knew I was having some of the best workouts I have had in a very long time. I began to dream of fast times and a PR at USATF 1/2 marathon championships on April 29th. On April 21 Ryan and I ran a local 5k in support of on of our neighbors and local schools. Things went really well and my feeling that my fitness was on was solidified. I finished 18 seconds under my prior road PR and felt pretty strong doing it. Ryan won and pulled me along to second.
|Look at those smiles!|
Eight days later I felt really excited about my chance at a PR even in less than ideal weather. I knew I was ready to go. I enjoyed some coffee with Anna Weber the day before and we encouraged each other to chase our goals fearlessly the following morning. I went to bed knowing I was less than 1 hour 16 mins of hard work away from the PR I had been chasing for nearly eight years.
The gun went of, and Andie Cozzerelli and I came through the mile together in 5:41. I felt comfortable and we went through the next 2 miles in a similar pace. Suddenly, my left achilles felt very weird. I backed off a bit and tried to adjust thinking maybe I was running a bit too fast, and a small adjustment would go a long way. I had no sign of anything wrong at all in training so I was really surprised when it happened. Even more surprising was when the pain kept increasing. I tried running 6:00 pace, I tried doing a hard stride, nothing was changing it. For 3 miles I tried to fix whatever issue had popped up. No luck. I ran back to the hotel with Ali Morgan.
Turns out I had a nerve entrapment and after about 10 days off and some dry needling, I finally was feeling pain free and ready to run. I have started back slowly at 50 miles and have worked back up to 70 this week and some workouts.
This weekend marks 20 weeks to the Columbus Marathon and I have good base fitness and ample time to prepare this summer/fall.
Follow my blog to get weekly training and racing updates between now and the Columbus Marathon on Oct 15th! I have a number of races coming up starting with Columbus 10k on June 4th and Garry Bjorklund 1/2 on June 17th!