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Mind over Body

I can’t tell you how many times this week I’ve asked myself if signing up for the Mohawk Hudson Marathon was a good decision or not. I am sticking with it. I will be at the starting line no matter what but holy schnikes Batman, marathon training is no joke. The best way I can describe it is that it’s like having a very committed relationship. I was all set for doing a 5 mile run today. Then I started getting knee pain, which is nothing new. My knees have always been pretty shot but as I cleared my first mile in 9:26 min, I started getting pain in my right Achilles tendon. I stopped and stretched a little, which probably looked all sorts of ridiculous since I was right next to my neighbors who were probably wondering why I was breaking into yoga poses on the side of the road. However, since getting into running, yoga, and cycling, I’ve really learned to embrace my athletic eccentricities. Sometimes a girl’s gotta stretch!

But yeah. I finished my second mile and I knew I couldn’t do anything more than that when I felt pain in my right Achilles tendon. I thought of my marathon in October and wondered if I’d even make it 5 miles into the race with all of these injuries. I started out this morning with tightness in my left groin and yoga really helped. What I have noticed is that running right after a hot yoga session is the best- I do not feel injured afterwards. Yet now, the challenge is that there isn’t going to be a hot yoga class right before my marathon (although if there was, I would wake up at 4:00 AM for that without one doubt), so I guess there’s only one thing and one thing only left to do:

See a sports medicine doctor. As much as I love asking the running community about tips about how to keep me injury free, now that I have awesome health insurance, it’s time to take advantage of it. I have the spirit, I have the mindset, and I just need the body to match.

It’s been a week since I’ve purchased my Garmin. I am absolutely in love. To any runner who is on the fence about getting one, my advice is to bite the price bullet and do it. I decided to get a Forerunner 10. While I did want a heart rate monitor, it wasn’t in my budget to put down $300 for a watch. My favorite thing about it is that it’s a great motivator to me and I like it better than the Nike+ app because it doesn’t eat my data plan and I hate fumbling around with a phone during a race.

I”m good with running equipment right now. I’m thinking about a hydration belt but I’m not married to the idea just yet because I like the feeling of earning your water break. I think if there’s anything I need to invest in, it’s probably two awesome sports bras (the search isn’t over yet) and a foam roller. I don’t know, I’ve stopped looking at athletic wear as a fashion show. It’s very easy to fall into that trap with yoga, but I’ve come to realize who cares what I wear, as long as it looks good and wicks my sweat, who cares?

Life after grad school has been amazing. I’m honestly reveling in all of this free time. Words can’t even describe the joy I have now that I’m finally able to read for pleasure again. I thought I would express more that that for describing this feeling but I guess these are all the words I have for now.