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Why I’m Taking an Extended Break From 1/2 Marathon Training

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I know, I know. I was doing so well. And then I stopped, and I never even told anyone why.

I went for run #6 (which I never blogged about because it was an utter pathetic excuse for a run) and realized I couldn’t straighten my knee all the way. I was having trouble even walking, let alone running. So I limped home, put some ice on my knee, and decided to take a break. A week later, no progress. So I went to Atlantic Orthopedic Specialists (who have evening hours from 4pm-9pm on weeknights – brilliant!), and after a few x-rays and telling my then-three-week-old tale about falling during run #4, I was diagnosed with a “really bad bone bruise” and  inflammation irritating all of the cartilage behind knee.

“You can run again when it stops hurting,” the doctor said. “And if it hurts again after you run, don’t run again until after it stops hurting again.”

“How long do you think it will take to stop hurting?” I asked.

“Could be one to six weeks from now,” he said.

Oops. 🙁

So, it’s been about three weeks since my doctor visit. A little over five weeks since I fell. My knee feels much better, but definitely not normal yet.

Hopefully I can get back out there soon.

In the meantime, I won an award. So that’s pretty awesome and makes me feel a little better. 🙂

My sponsor, Fathom Coffee, is now sponsoring my recovery. I am only using frozen coffee cubes to ice my knee. (I am kidding. That would be a complete waste of coffee. I’m just drinking cold brew while I ice my knee.)

R&R 1/2 Marathon 2017 Training Run #5

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 30:00

2.18 miles

13.44 min/mi

 Take it easy.

 Aléa – Jumo

I made up what was supposed to be yesterday’s run this morning. Gave my bruised, banged-up knees an extra day to recover from Sunday’s tripping incident. Then I took it slow and walked a little here and there. I think I’m past the Band-Aid stage, so hopefully tomorrow will be a little better.

Want to cheer me on while I train for this half marathon? Help me grow one of my businesses by trying some Fathom Coffee! We posted some new coffees this week, complete with scenic photos taken on the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. Use code RUNLISA for 13.1% off your first order.

R&R 1/2 Marathon 2017 Training Run #4

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 37:16

3 miles

12:25 min/mi

 Pick your fucking feet up, genius.

 Half A Million – The Shins

Just short of a mile into this run, I tripped on some uneven pavement, fell, scraped both knees and my hand, shattered my iPhone screen, and ripped a hole in my Lilly Pulitzer leggings. So that was…graceful. Then I got up and ran the rest of my three miles, bleeding and listening to the new Shins album.

Luckily, I have like three other pairs of Lilly Pulitzer leggings, and John had a lot of Band-Aids ready for me when I got to his house for breakfast. And Fathom Coffee, which, as you know, is now a sponsor of this clumsy runner-in-training.

If you feel bad for me for falling like an idiot, feel free to buy some coffee and use code RUNLISA for 13.1% off your first order.

I would also like to point out that my total time and average pace do include the time I spent actively plummeting to the ground and a few moments sitting in the road, stunned, a little embarrassed, assessing the damage, and determining to keep going. So still better than yesterday! (Except for the bruises.)

R&R 1/2 Marathon 2017 Training Run #3

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 37:54

3 miles

12:37 min/mi

 These sneakers are cute, but I’m not sure I actually enjoy running in them.

 LEAVE ME ALONE  – KAYTRANADA (feat. Shay Lia)

Today I “slept in” until 7:22 am. Maybe I can become a morning person after all. (Yeah, right.) Due to the fact that I’d rather still be sleeping, the first 10 minutes of these early runs have been the hardest. But once I get going, I find I’m glad to be outside and happy to get them out of the way first thing in the morning.

I’ve decided my half marathon training is now sponsored by Fathom Coffee. Because being sponsored by a coffee company sounds awesome, and as part-owner of a coffee company, I can make that happen for myself. 🙂

If you’re following along, and you love coffee, use code RUNLISA for 13.1% off your first order.