Well, January has come and gone and while my mileage remains pathetically low, I'm still experiencing some little aches and pains in both feet. On my left (the spot of the stress fracture), the spot where the injury occurs still acts up here and there. On my right, I've been dealing with some annoying plantar fasciitis-like symptoms. What the hell.
Bottom line though, I'm still just happy to be running. Especially when I look back on the 16+ weeks of being sidelined.
Speaking of health, I'm going through a bit of a scare right now concerning mine (unrelated to running). I haven't blogged about it yet, but it's one more thing that's putting running (and life) into perspective.
It has been stressing me out for awhile, but I know it was doing more harm than good to do so. Right now, it's all about appreciating every day that I'm able to do what I love and not worry about the unknowns. I'm still going through the tests and whatnot so I'll keep everyone posted if/when there's something to be known.
This Super Bowl Sunday, I will be running the Surf City Half-Marathon. It is the site of my very first race ever back in 2007 so it holds a special place in my heart. Since then, I've registered for it every year (with one DNS when I got hit with the flu in 2008).
No goals other than to have fun and treat this as a training run, more or less as I target the LA Marathon in the upcoming weeks. Will shoot for a sub-2 at the very least. It will also be my longest run to date since the injury.
I'm not particularly excited about running this race since I've been partial to running on trails lately, but I am stoked to see some familiar faces toe-ing the line with me. It's amazing how many awesome running friends I've acquired during the 3+ years I've taken up distance running. And I look forward to growing that number as I continue.
On another positive, I was recently selected into the Brooks I.D. program this past week!
I don't know what their criteria was exactly, but to be selected to be among this group of fine runners is an honor. I've grown very partial to my Brooks Adrenalines for road stuff and thanks to membership privileges, finally ordered the Brooks Cascadias for the off-road stuff - a shoe I've long been meaning to try.
Thanks again Brooks. Hope to represent well!
In closing, I hope to make this year a healthy and successful running year full of firsts and many unknowns. If recent events have taught me anything, it's that nothing - NOTHING is guaranteed for tomorrow.
Treat every day as a gift and as per the Brooks motto: Run Happy.
See you on the road/trails!