The second reason I haven't blogged is because I haven't been thrilled with my training recently. I'm still walking, just not as much as I should. I have many excuses, and there have been a lot of schedule disruptions, but the honest truth is I just haven't been getting it done. I did do two 10 mile walks, which were exciting for me since they are my only ever double digit walks. I have also got to walk with a lot of my friends recently, sometimes less miles or slower than my training plan suggested, but I will always take the great company over the training plan.
So now I'm just 6 days from the big day and I am feeling pretty much every emotion. I'm first off excited...I'm going to walk a 1/2 marathon!!! That is so cool. And so many friends will be there with me at the finish line. I'm also very proud. A different Christa (like the one I knew 6 months ago) would have quit when all the disruptions started happening. And of course I'm nervous...hello, it's 13.1 miles. I have never even come close to walking that far!
I also have an injury I'm dealing with. A few weeks ago after my first 10 mile walk, behind my right knee started to hurt. I kept stretching & ignoring it, hoping it would go away. It hasn't. In my last training walk this past Sat (6 miles) it started to hurt again around mile 4. When I finally finished up the 6, I went straight to medical (so thankful my Marathoners in Training group offers this!) & got a plan for the week. The plan is to walk 2-3 miles every day & stretch...A LOT! The therapist showed me some really good stretches. She also suggested new shoes, which I had also realized I needed to get. Sat I went & got the shoes & did a bunch of stretching. Sun I cleaned all day & kept stretching throughout the day. Today I walked 3 miles & have been stretching all day. As of now, I feel great. Hoping I stay that way for the next 7 days!
I'll do one final recap next week after the race. Thank you all in advance for all the love & support you have given me through this training. I could NEVER have done this alone.
|My new shoes - they are pink & I love them!|