Ok, I had my moment to go through the grief process over my running injury. Back to normal, looking for solutions.
This is how my thought process went:
Argh! I will run the half, even if I can’t walk after.
Okay, that is a dumb idea. I will not even show up to the half.
Hmmm. I don’t want to not show up, that was my issue the past few years. Not again!
Let’s see if I can run the 5 mile race instead.
Nah, I really don’t want to transfer. That’ll just feel worse, running but not.
Ohhhh, it’s supposed to rain on race day – that’ll be my excuse.
Oh, what? Chris thinks I could try to run/walk the half marathon? Walk!!! Walk?!?! Walk?
Duh. Why didn’t I think of that?
God Bless Chris. In the midst of my anguish over my foot pain, he said something so simple that made all the sense in the world. He’s so smart. I’m glad I married him. He said, “Why not run/walk the half marathon? You could still finish.” Hello. I love you.
I’m thankful for a new perspective. Thankful for Chris. Thankful for a new optimistic plan. A new focus. This could change my running forever!
Which then launched me into a frenzy. How does one run/walk a race? I needed concrete answers. That’s what sent me to my local library after work. Yes, I know, I work in a library, but I can’t get enough of these places.
Scanning the 796.4 section…
Lots of books, old and new, on running. I was in search of something in particular.
And I found the two books by Jeff Galloway that I was in search of all about his run-walk-run method.
I am going to investigate the run-walk-run concept for the half, and maybe beyond. No one has to know I’ve walked part of my race. You won’t tell, right? Even if I PR a race using run-walk-run, it’s still a PR 🙂 Right?
I wish I would have thought of this sooner. You know, before I became injured. It would have been a much more pleasant 11 miles had I had this concept in mind. So, I’ll tell you what I learn, as I learn it.
Everywhere I look, it appears that people are using his method and hitting PRs like crazy. They are completing distances they never thought possible at times never imaginable. It just takes one thing… getting over the whole “shame of walking” while running a race. Hmmm… this could be tough.
At least this week at work it’s been Spirit Week, so I’ve been able to wear my cushioned sneakers for a few days. They seem to have helped my foot feel a bit better. I’m going to take more days to rest though, and fill those hours with reading.
Bonus! As I checked out from the library, a book I put on hold was available. Since Chris and I don’t have cable, we found we love some public access shows – like Jacques Pepin. So, I’m excited to see what’s in here to use, too!
Do you use your local library?
All.the.time. and not enough. Free information – what could be better?
How important is the library to you?
Very important. So important that it factors into my decision of what towns I’m willing to live in when we eventually move. There is one library aside from the one where we live now, that I would love to use (I volunteered there for a bit) and will most likely be the town we end up living in based on a variety of other factors, too!
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