The day after I registered for the 5k was a Saturday. The very next day. December 3, I think. I decided to try and test my running outside, rather than just on my treadmill.
David and Isabel volunteered to ride their bikes while I ran/walked. I had figured out how far 1.5 miles was one way, and decided to run there and back. A 5k is just a little over 3 miles; 3.1 miles. I was not concerned about the .1. I just wanted to make sure that I could complete 3 miles in under 50 minutes.
I ran, I walked, I ran, I walked. 1.5 miles to Isabel's school, 1.5 miles back. David would yell times and Isabel would yell "Go mom!"
I made it back in 44 minutes! I was stoked! I was red as a tomato. I was happy!
Then, my knees started to complain. They swelled up. I iced them. I elevated them. It was bad. My knees never hurt from the treadmill at all, but I guess concrete does not "give" like a treadmill. Who knew? LOL Sunday, December 4th, I was supposed to take the kids to Busch Gardens. That never happened. Sunday morning, and I could barely get out of bed.
Three weeks later, and my knees were still hurting. I was in a PANIC about the 5k. I was freaking out! I mean, I could barely walk. THREE WEEKS LATER.
I guess my shoes might have not been the best thing either. A Fairy God-Person at work bought me a pair of $120 shoes, plus $20 cushioned insoles for Christmas! Seriously!!!
They have this weird back thing and feel WONDERFUL. See the heel? It's open for shock-absorption. I've been waearing then and started to walk on the treadmill. I've been icing my knees, elevating my feet, taking it easy. And feeling better!! Not 100% but WAY better than before.
I have until February 25. I still don't have anyone running with me, which makes me sad and I am a little freaked that I have to leave my house at 3 a.m. to get there by 4 a.m. I almost want to stay on site, but that's $149 I really don't want to spend. Jacob will need to set me up with some running music on my teeny nano-fake ipod thingy.
Here's hoping I make it!