It will be exactly 10 months since I have raced when I toe the line next weekend for the Snohomish Women's Half Marathon. I was debilitated by Plantar Fasciitis last summer and spent a good season racing on injury. I paid for my stubbornness and sat out the following fall from a few races I was dying to run. I set myself up with the most conservative training plan to build back my strength, which was a serious testament of my patience. I had to remind myself how lucky I was to be running, and that not racing was better than not running. My foot injury was the first time I had ever sat out from an injury (a full two weeks! I'm dramatic, I know) and it initiated a major change in my lifestyle. I was working three jobs at the time to get Justin through school and thankfully he was at the tail end of his woodworking degree. Once I had more time to be motionless and relax during the week, my fitness came back. I also dedicated myself to a strength training program, which so far has been the best balance to my running.
At this point I have given myself months to build my mileage up to a consistent 60 mi/week. I slowly added in track and road workouts to my regime. I regularly run in the mountains with Justin which keeps me mentally strong on the uphills. At this point, I'm itching to put my training into play. I no longer have any excuses and next weekend will mark the beginning of my 2015 racing season. The Snohomish Half Marathon will serve as a tune up race for the Vancouver Marathon in June. I am absolutely stoked for what is ahead!
I am an outdoor and travel junkie who is currently completing my doctorate in occupational therapy overseas in rural Fiji. On Sweet World Travels you will find stories of my life with my husband, the communities we serve, and the many adventures we take.