Training starts…well, kind of.

Today marks day 1 of my 14-week training plan to run/walk the 2011 Walt Disney World Half Marathon!

I’m following the plan in John “The Penguin” Bingham and Coach Jenny Hadfield’s book Marathoning for Mortals. That book is like my running bible right now. It’s getting soooooo dogeared. But that’s a good thing!

I should have gone to the gym after school today to do my first day – 5 minutes warm-up, 35 minutes of a 3 minute run/2 minute walk pattern, 5 minute cool down.

Should have. But I didn’t.

Why not?

Well…apparently in pushing to do a 10K so I had a time to submit (preferably one that didn’t involve a train ride somewhere), I signed up for one with slightly more than 2 weeks to go. And apparently from the ache just below my butt and the outside of my knee on the right side, I managed to make my IT band not so happy with me. I should have known…I sort of did this when I pushed on the cross training machine at the gym and then the next day pushed to run 5K on the treadmill – but it was my left knee then.

I did learn from that. Kind of. I learned that if I take a few days off (John and Jenny say three…and since the injury happened on Sunday, that means Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, which was a rest day anyway), stretch, ice and use my foam roller it does get better.

What am I doing instead of running?

I’m sitting on my bed, a bag of frozen chicken fried rice on my knee (hey…it works as well as if not better than peas…the rice conforms really nicely to my knee), typing this and watching youtube videos of past Disney World Half Marathons.

And crying my eyes out. Not from not being able to run but because of all the magic. (I also cry reading the last sections of MFM – the ones about running a marathon or half marathon and finishing it – just thinking about when *I* cross that finish line.) If I’m doing this now, I’m going to be a blubbering mess on January 8, 2011!

But it’ll be a mess in a good way!


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