Saturday, May 31, 2008

Weigh in / Long run

Well, I gained a pound this week. Although I'm not pleased about it, I'm not going to dwell on it either. My food choices last weekend were less than stellar, and my bum knee has definitely affected my ability to exercise.

Against my better judgment, I went for my run this morning. At 6:00 am, I was out of bed and getting ready. After last week's chafing fun, I purchased some Bodyglide, which I slathered all over my waist before putting on my shorts this morning. Next on the agenda was Tylenol and a banana, water, and diet Sunkist. I've never had soda prior to running, and I don't know what made me want some now. It was not a good idea. It gave me stomach cramps.

I wanted to get in 9 miles. As I made my way to my parents' house (the halfway point), my knee hurt progressively more with each mile. Thank goodness I opted to wear my iPod. The music kept me going forward when I wanted to do was turn around and go home. At my parents' house, I had a bottle of Propel and a slice of toast with peanut butter. My folks weren't home. I paced around their living room for a few minutes, wondering if I should continue on my route, or call Angie and ask for a ride home.

Part of running a marathon is pushing through physical and psychological discomfort. I didn't want to wait until October to see if I was capable of doing that, so I decided to continue running. My knee didn't hurt much on the way back, but I still decided to shave some distance off the workout, for a total of 8.3 miles.

It was probably stupid of me to push myself today. All the experts say you should never run through pain. By tomorrow, I suspect my knee will be retaliating. Still, I'm proud I had the resolve to keep going.

1 comment:

elife said...

Just found your blog and wanted to say thanks for the inspiration. One of the hardest things for me about gaining a ton of weight is that I can no longer do all the exercise I loved to do. Your blog reminded me that I can have it back again, if I do the work.

You look fantastic!