Wednesday, February 16, 2011

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.~Robert Frost

Running is like mouthwash; if you can feel the burn, it's working.~Brian Tackett
Every obstacle that could get in the way, is...

My goal is to qualify for Boston. I've been taking tiny steps to reach this goal.
First, I ran 25 half marathons in 25 states between 2007-2009. Achieving the goal 2 years to the day started.

Then, I completed a 70.3, which ended up being no goal at all, yet, it was a mid-training incentive for Chicago marathon. I finished, cutting almost 1/2 off my estimated time.

In October, I got sick. Doctors didn't know what was wrong, I went to every specialist in the book and had every test. Ended up being a Vitamin D and Calcium deficiency. For 3 months, I focused on getting my diet and "health" under control.

This past January, I started feeling better and started running again. Met with a coach who set a plan for me to focus on a Boston qualifier goal in the next couple of years.
Last week, in February, I started getting in ship-shape, ready for training, and all of the sudden, had a bum knee. Messed my knee up really bad skiing a black diamond. "Had to do the black diamond to 'say I did it.'" (Not...a good decision...) =S
So, now, here I am visiting knee surgeons and PT's to prep for surgery, "Torn ACL". *Suffice it to say, training will be deferred until after surgery and healing and PT is complete. (4-6 months tops).

Finally, I find out that the BAA decided to lower the qualifying requirements over 20 minutes per age group in 2013. Here is the information.  In 2013, there are new qualifying times
Age Group Women
*45-49 3:55:00

I'm not going to give up.
I keep my stride...
- Focus on eating the right things in my diet.
- Try to take care of my knee so I have a future running career.
- And read, read and read about "mental focus" i.e. "Magical Running" and "Brain Training for Runners".

I'll keep preparing and perservere!!!!

For now, I stand in line, patiently waiting to heal.

So, there you go... My story... my journey... toward my Boston qualifier goal...

And the story continues....

1 comment:

alisha said...

Oh, bummer. The look of that fall sure did not indicate the severity of the injury. Any estimate on how long will the recovery process take?
Good attitude, Kim. You will do it, you'll just have some temporary modifications in your training schedule.