I set out for another run over the weekend. But this time it was different. I left my Garmin at home, put a compression sleeve on my right knee and hoped for the best.
But the biggest change I had is that I had no expectations. I set no standard. No worries about distance; I simply wanted to see if I could run.
And I did.
I felt good. No pain. The farther I ran, the better I felt. “So far so good,” I thought. Clark was ahead of me and I saw him turn around at mile one.
“What are you doing I asked?” as he passed me.
It was really a rhetorical question, as I already knew the answer. But I still wondered why as he yelled out “I’m turning around.”
I didn’t want to because I was feeling good and wanted to go on, but when I reached mile one I turned around, too.
Man, I was proud. I was running again and enjoying it. Enjoying it!! Over the last week or so it had become nothing more than a disappointment. A shoulda woulda coulda or a wished I hada.
As I neared my finish line…just before reaching mile two, I could feel the pain in my right knee again. But as I continued to run near my driveway, I felt that runner’s endorphin high again….I had finished a complete run for the first time in a while. It had been at least two weeks since feeling good about running. I wasn’t concerned about my time nor training for the marathon. I was just proud that I had just ran two miles thinking back to this time last year when I had just begun walking…never dreaming that I would ever consider myself a runner a year later.
Will I continue to train for the marathon? Right now I’m not sure. I’ve never trained for a marathon before so I don’t have a clue what to expect or what I should or shouldn’t be doing. One thing I do know is that I just want to enjoy running—pain free. If that means running only two miles a couple of times a week…then so be it.
Lunch was a hummus and roasted pepper sandwich on a roasted tomato bread with a cup of chicken noodle soup on the side. Delicious!
And finally after four attempts I’ve settled on my new pair of running shoes. These Brooks Ghost 4 literally feel like they hug my feet. I may never take them off!
Talk to me. What are you thoughts?