Friends, I finally did it!!! I finally ran my first half marathon! First and Foremost, I want to Thank our Heavenly Father who pulled me through this race. I cried out to Him and held on to his promises throughout the race. He Truly "Renewed My Strength" to get through those 13.1 miles and I give Him all Praise and Glory!
|Scripture I wrote on my hand|
Those of you who follow my blog know that I've been trying to run a half marathon since this past spring, but seems like I always end up injured and always end up pushing my plans for the half back. I've been battling IT band syndrome off and on since last January. Each time I would take about 4 weeks off from running and build back up to around 4 miles and be injured again. I finally went to a Chiropractor, who is a runner, that said "Alicia, you'll keep battling this IT band until we find out what's causing it." He came to the conclusion that my bunion on my Right foot is causing me to over supinate (roll my Right foot outward) causing an imbalanced gait, and putting increased pressure on my IT band. He also said, I can't continue just running, I must start strengthening my Glutes to help with the imbalance as well. In order to correct the misalignment of my first metatarsal, it would require surgery that has a 6-8 week non weight-bearing recovery period. Not what a runner wants to hear. At this point I'm leaning more towards Not having the surgery and trying a more conservative route. I've been taping my toe in the correct position while I run, which in turn has helped take some pressure off my IT band. It's a temporary fix, but It's helping me get longer mileage in before I have terrible throbbing sharp pains in the lateral side of my RT knee. I also wear a Cho-pat strap around my knee to give my IT band a little hug of support, and it does seem to help.
|Hallux Valgus, and rotated metatarsal|
Now lets talk about how I finally decided to go for the half. I became part of a local online running group and met some amazing runners, who run around the same pace as me. We started doing early morning runs together this summer and started increasing our mileage. By the end of August I ran my longest run ever, 9 miles. It was a hilly route and I ended up having terrible IT band throbbing pain on the side of my knee around mile 4 but I was determined to finish the 9 miles.--side note-- NEVER RUN THROUGH TRUE PAIN, unless of course you are in a race. I continued to run until we reached 9 miles and by the end I was having throbbing hip and knee pain, and I'm not talking about muscle soreness, there was something wrong. The next morning my Right hip was red, swollen and very tender to touch. I couldn't even bend my right knee, without terrible throbbing pain. I went to the chiropractor and he diagnosed me with Great trochanteric bursitis of my Right hip and ITB syndrome. He told me I had to take two weeks off from running to let the inflammation go down, then I could only run until I had felt pain. After two weeks I tried to run and could only make it 1.5 miles until I felt the throbbing, sharp ache in my knee. The whole month of September I spent only running 1-2 miles, which made the half marathon on NOV 10th look nearly impossible. After several visits to the Chiropractor for therapy and weight training I could finally run 4 miles the first week of October. I had literally, only 5 weeks to train for this half Marathon and I was still battling an injury. The second week of October I did 5 miles, third week I did 6 miles, fourth week 7 miles and the fifth week I did 8 miles. I noticed at the 5th week I was starting to have ITband pain around the 7 mile mark but, I also stopped in my tracks due to running over a nail that went thru my shoe and into my foot. Thankfully, my friend Hattie pulled the nail out and it didn't go into my foot too deep.
Two weeks before the Marshall half, my friend Sara encouraged me to go ahead and sign up. I was having doubts because I hadn't even ran farther than 8 miles in the last two months. With her encouragement, I finally signed up and I'm so thankful I did. The week leading up to the half, I did one 3 mile run and the rest of the week I decided to rest my legs. I took the advice of several long distance running friends the two days leading up to the race. On friday I ate carbs all day long.. I had doughnuts, chinese noodles, pasta, I ate a whole bag of sour patch kids, and sipped on water all day long. The day before the race I had biscuits and gravy and an egg and cheese biscuit, a whole bag of sour patch kids, spaghetti for lunch, fettucini for supper, and I sipped on water all day long.
|After Packet Pickup the night before the Half Marathon|
|Finish time: 2hrs and 8 min, pace: 9min, 45 seconds.|
|I love the hardware!!!|
|Hattie and I resting our blistered feet after the 13.1 miles|
|The reason I run!!! I love my family|