There was a time (just a few weeks ago) when 2 miles seemed daunting. Not the end of the world since I completed several 5Ks and half marathons over the last year, but it still felt like a challenge. However, several double digit training runs later this 2.14 mile run felt like something I could do in jeans.
Then I got a migraine Tuesday which threw off my week.
The weather was beautiful Wednesday and I spent the day walking at the park and hanging out with my friend and her son.
Then Thursday happened. The temperature dropped 30 degrees and the wind picked up! The combination was miserable! I thought about using my knee as an excuse. I also had a weird calf thing going on all week. Another opportunity for an excuse… but I had people expecting me there. I had my friends and my team waiting. It was ONLY TWO MILES! If it had been a normal Tempo Thursday Run I may have rested on my injuries. This wasn’t a hard tempo run, and not only was it only 2 miles, it was a charity run.
The Roc Solid foundation really is an incredible foundation. Take a moment to check out their website and give a donation if you have anything to share.
ROC SOLID FOUNDATION BUILDS HOPE FOR CHILDREN FIGHTING CANCER BY PROVIDING WAYS FOR THEM TO TEMPORARILY ESCAPE THE BURDENS OF DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS AND TREATMENTS THROUGH OPPORTUNITIES TO DO WHAT THEY DO BEST – PLAY.
The run was for more than just my own training, it was for this great organization. So I showed up. I found my Team Fearless ladies and we pushed through together.
I say pushed through after simplifying the “only two miles” distance. The truth of it is, this run was tough for me. My calves/shins were screaming at me to stop. I actually thought I had shin splints. My knee hurt. It was physically painful. I was going to walk, except for the elements. The wind was crazy with gusts up to 30MPH. We were running along the boardwalk which would normally be wonderful and beautiful, but the wind blew the sand in our faces and chilled us to the bone.
That is what I get for underestimating the two mile distance. Never under estimate a run.
It ended up being an amazing night though. $2100 was raised for the Roc Solid Foundation. I had an awesome time hanging out with my running friends. I enjoyed a beer and grilled cheese. I even walked away with one of the raffle prizes! I am so excited to try out the benefits of a Real Flexi pass as well as to get a Fit Session at Lululemon! I have heard incredible things about Lulu, but their products are just too expensive for me to justify so early in my fitness journey, but now I get to find out what all the fuss is about!
Looking back on it, it was a really wonderful night thanks to my amazing running team. In the moment though, those may have been two of the longest miles of my life. I have ruled out shin splints, but I will definitely be keep an eye on my lower legs and knees to decide if I need to take some extra rest days or maybe get physical therapy soon.