My boyfriend, Stew, and I decided to go on a ten mile run to prepare for a race that we signed up for next weekend. We tried a new trail that went around some ponds through a wooded area, on the bay side of Bethany Beach. The trail brought us out to route 1 highway, where we ran all the way to the Indian River Bridge - just outside of Dewey Beach. The sun was beating down on us and there was no shade around. Our bodies were getting tired with the loss of water and energy. On our run back we stopped at a market to grab some Gatorade, water, and some free cookies, since our bodies were in a calorie burning stage. It was a great run, we felt good and glad that we finished. Were both excited for this upcoming race.
My birthday is next Friday, September 5th, and the race is my present. A half marathon - 13.1 miles in Lake Placid, New York. I cannot wait. This will be my second half that I will have done. My first was in Wilmington, Delaware in May, 2013. I have been wanting to sign up for another one ever since, but have been very wary about my knees.
Ever since high school track I have had tendinitis in both of my knees. Throughout the years the chronic injury kept getting worse. One of my knees would swell up after a sprint or long run, and the swelling would last for a good 2 weeks, limiting my range of motion and having me limping around with minor pain sometimes. When the inflammation went down and I started running again, it was only a matter of time when the other knee would flare up and repeat the same process.
Over the last few years I have been strengthening and stretching my leg muscles, wearing my knee braces, and decreasing the amount of days that I run. I was hesitant on signing up for any races when I moved to the Greater New York Area this past May, because I had a new job as a Personal Trainer and wouldn't want to be injured while on the job. Could you imagine seeing a Personal Trainer limping around the gym two weeks at a time?
I love to run, i won't let tendinitis keep me down
However, I have been on a couple long runs (Stew and I ran 8 miles the other week) along the Hudson River, overlooking an amazing view of NYC, and kept telling myself that "I have to do it."
"I have to sign up for a run. I want to keep myself motivated with running. I love it too much to stop."
So I did it. I signed up for a 13.1 mile run for the day after my birthday. I'm celebrating my birthday with something active, and something that I enjoy greatly. My goal is to do a bunch of halves to eventually work my way up to the full 26.2 marathon.
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