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Running Scared

Returning once again as the official water supplier of Vancouver’s SeaWheeze Half Marathon, members of the Whistler Water team are training for this year’s big event.  Below is Jodi’s journey: 

A couple of years ago I had my sights set on a half-Ironman. I had done Olympic distance triathlon and I was confident in my ability to train up and accomplish the swim and the ride…it was the run. Traditionally, while not fast, I am a solid 10km runner but when I’ve attempted longer distances, I’ve encountered injury. Such was the case for the half-Iron. After a 17-km training distance run, my left knee took months to recover.

Since then I’ve done some running, I do regular circuit training and I love getting out on the road bike. Still, that half-marathon distance has been something I’ve wanted to re-attempt – because I’m stubborn like that!

Starting in the early spring I began putting in some shorter distance/duration runs. At first just one run a week, then two before “officially”  starting my training. A massage therapist had told me that while our cardiovascular system can grow in capacity very quickly, the rest of the body takes longer – and that is one of the key sources of injury for runners…trying to do too much too fast.

As I worked through my training, my weekly long run distance continued to grow. When I hit the 12km and 14km distances, coupled with other weekly runs, I did encounter some injury.  First shin splints, then some knee pain, then some ankle pain (which was actually plantar fasciitis). I found an excellent article in Runner’s World that I’ve been following quite religiously and (crossing my fingers) I think that has been a real difference maker for me.  I followed the counsel in regard to when you first encounter pain, strength work, etc.

Last night was the official “scary” run , a 17km run…the same distance where I had injured my knee previously. The run went well.  Immediately after, I stretched, I iced my knees, I rolled my right foot over a frozen water bottle, then I did some facia rolling. Before bed I took ibuprofen. When I woke up this morning I was a teeny bit sore (mainly in my lower back and hamstrings), but largely feeling good and feeling relieved.

I have less than two weeks until Seawheeze. My goal is to get to the start line healthy. If I can do that, I think that the training will take me through the 21 kms.