The Running Man - Part II

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

My half marathon training takes a giant leap forward.

I've never thought of myself as a runner.  When people ask if I run, I answer, "Only when chased."  But now that I have 10 or so 5K's under my belt, I've committed to the CCRiverRun Half Marathon, and I ran the furthest I ever ran Saturday, maybe I am a runner.

Thanks to Kelly Ripa, I have been shirking my training blog responsibilities a little, so let me recap.  Like I said, I've only ever run 5K's, so once I began training, I started running 30 minutes, then 35, then 40 and as long as 50.  But with my first training run came pain.  Pain in my right knee that had never been there before.  It was bad enough that I hadn't run much more than 35 minutes at a time for a few weeks.  I have been running often though, just not the distance I should have been.

Then a few weeks ago I added the Mint City 10-Miler to my calender.  I again started upping my runs to prep for it and last Monday ran about an hour.  That was scheduled to be my last run until the 10-miler, which would be the longest run of my life by about four or five miles.  But during the week, I was in New York for an appearance on national television.  The butterflies were too much so I went for a run on the morning of the show and went about three miles.  I knew it was ill-advised just two days before the big run, but I wasn't exactly concerned with the run schedule at the time.  Then Friday, the pain came back in my right knee and it was the worst it has been.

Now I was a little worried.  Worried I might not be able to run Saturday, or in the half.  So, I did what I did when I had some elbow pain on the softball field-- I got a brace.

Maybe it was the fact that I ran in a driving rain for the entire race Saturday and I was distracted, but I never felt any pain in my knee with the brace and finished the 10-miler without stopping in 1:28:45!

Now, I have a renewed excitement.  I'm pretty sure I need some new shoes, both because of the rain and my knee pain, so that's next to check off.  I'll probably give myself a week of rest and get running again.  But what a feeling to go 10 miles and get the confidence that I can gut out another three for the half in September.

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