For those who have been following me, (or real life friends who have been listening to me,) I have been ALL OVER THE PLACE recently. I cannot stop talking about P90X, "training" for the marathon, running, working out with the personal trainer, getting a bike to start training for a sprint tri... etc.
It makes me sound sort of crazy wannabe. It is like I am on this high. I am so excited that I have lost 50 pounds and regained my life back. After all, I was a three season athlete in high school (cross county, basketball, and track). I have always been some sort of athlete. I was never girly-girl - that was my twin sister (who was also an athlete but managed to be girly too).
I had an awesome phone conversation with my sister-in-law Kirsten last night. She is super excited that I am running again and we hope to do the Marine Corps Marathon in October together, perhaps with her Aunt too. After my post yesterday about whether I should be working on more miles or faster times, Kirsten gave me the 411 on marathon training. She has run like 12 of them (update: actually, running #17 this weekend) and became an Iron(wo)man this past November - so she is a self made expert in the field if you know what I mean.
Any who, we talked a lot about P90x and its schedule, my long runs, short runs... and my desire to compete in a sprint tri in August (mind you, I do not even own a bike yet and the only spin class I have taken, I walked away in severe pain).
With all of this, I believe I am just trying to do too much too fast. So, I have decided to focus on the completing P90X which should take me through April, and then start the real training for the marathon in May. I will forgo the sprint tri this August (sorry Momof3 - I will still support you though).
I will still be looking into bikes, actually purchase one and all of the accessories that I will need, but not exactly train for the tri. I am okay with this. My goal for this year is to run a marathon. I will adjust this goal come May with the time I would like to finish in, but for now, my goal for 2010 is to complete the marathon.
I will make it a goal for 2011 to complete a tri. Did I mention, I am okay with this?
Also during my phone conversation with Kirsten, I explained to her my knee aches after my runs. This is the knee that my ACL is completely torn. Heeding her advice, I am just going to verify that it is okay for me to be training for the marathon with my doc. He told me that running did not affect the ACL, but I just want him to be aware of exactly what I am doing and adjust if I need to. I do not want to get injured even more and need immediate surgery like I did in June of 08 when my ACL and meniscus tore.
Finally, thank you blog-experts with your advice about more miles or faster times. I think there was a consensus. I so value your advice! I'll keep you posted on what the doc says and be sure to come back tomorrow: I have a review and a giveaway. Clue: "supporting my girls"!