This time last year I was in a huge funk. I had just been diagnosed with runner’s knee and was limping around everywhere and had made the crappy decision that I had to pull out of what was to be my first half marathon.
Well what a difference a year makes.
Since Saturday I have run 55km. FIFTY FIVE KILOMETRES. I have never run that many kilometres in less than 7 days in my life. Ever.
And I’m still walking. Other than some aching when I walk up stairs, my knees are happy campers, which is a drastic change from March 2012.
The difference this time around has been heart rate training. Yes this means I have been doing the majority of my runs super slow in order to stay at or below a particular heart rate number. But in doing so I have built up endurance as well as stayed relatively injury free.
Have I built up any speed? That’s hard to say at this point. I do know that I can run further and longer than I could before, so by default I’m already faster by eliminating a lot of walking breaks. As long as my body continues to cooperate with the HR training, I should start getting faster eventually.
Today was my last long run (15.2km) before New York on March 17. Right now I have no goals other than to finish strong and to maybe finish faster than 2:28:48. A PR would be nice, but I’m not holding my breath. All I know is that I’m going to bring my A game and do my best.
New York, you’d better watch out.