Boston training should be starting next week. With one-mile repeats, a tempo run, and a 13-mile long run.
Given that I've averaged 10 or 12 miles a week for the past two weeks, and barely 4 or 5 miles a week for the week prior to that, clearly I'm in no position to do workouts like that.
I'm definitely disappointed, but I've mostly moved past the disappointment, and am focusing on the fact that I am RUNNING again. Not as far or as fast as I'd like, but I'm running. And even more importantly, even with the running, I'm still healing and recovering.
We're going all out with the PT for at least 3 or 4 more weeks - twice-weekly visits, to ensure that as I slowly increase my mileage, I don't cause too much damage to the injured tissue.
And I'm not following any sort of plan for the foreseeable future. I'm going to stick to running just 3 days a week, and work on getting my long run up to 10 miles. Once I get to that 10-mile mark, if all is going well, then I'll try to draw up some kind of amended marathon training plan so that I can hopefully get in at least 12 weeks of longer-distance training, and at least one 20-miler.
I'm still not certain what that's going to look like, but I know what it's not going to look like -
As I've said before, though - I have to be ok with letting go of those goals, because this year is not about PRs.
This year is about arriving in Hopkinton healthy and strong, being present and savoring every single step of those 26.2 miles, and crossing the finish line on Boylston with a smile on my face, and reclaiming my Boston marathon experience.
I have learned a lot about myself as a runner and as an athlete as a result of this injury, and most recently, I've continued to branch out and try different things, including getting on the rowing machine at the gym (something I've never, ever done before), and getting myself back in the pool after nearly a year-long hiatus.
Although the first few hundred meters of my first swim back were kind of painful, I was surprised at how quickly I settled into it and got into a good groove - and even more surprised at how much I enjoyed it once I did get to that point. I forgot that I used to really like to swim!
It's definitely less convenient than running, but it's also a really nice change from the elliptical and stairmaster, and I'm hoping that I can stick to it and make my once-a-week swim a habit, because not only do I like it, but it's a fabulous workout, too.
I'd like to find some time before the end of the year to come up with a year in review type of post, but with the boys home from school and all the holiday festivities, it may not happen until the new year has actually begun.
But although I don't have time right now to look back, I know that I can look forward to the next year, in which I plan to run as much as I can and as fast as I can and as often as I can while staying healthy.
Being injured and unable to run has taught me a lot, but now I'm ready to put all those lessons to good use by getting back out there and running again!