For Tuesday on the Run, I've decided to recap my running year. As rough as 2016 has been, I've had some pretty good success with my running. I only did 1 race, but it was a big one. It was my first major race in my comeback, and it was my one goal race this year.
The year did start a little rocky. For all the work I'd done in 2015, my knee was still twinging like crazy when I was trying to start training for Tink. I finally went crying to my chiropractor, who said I needed PT, and I signed up with their physical therapist. One great thing about this office is they have a lot of sports medicine in-house. This would be my 3rd round of PT, but my most successful. Amber was adamant the success I made would not be due to our sessions together, but the amount of at-home work I did on my own. She always had at-home work for me to do, and I made sure I was as diligent as I could be. I shifted my focus from running to strength training to put in as much work as I could. I started PT less than 2 months out from Tink, and I had work to do.
All the work I was able to do did pay off. I did have slight twinging in my knee during the 10k, but it never got bad. I never felt like I couldn't run anymore. As disappointed as I was that my knee was still twinging, I was happy that it was manageable and I could keep going. It's hard to take it easy before a race at Disney. There's so much to see in the parks, and my legs were a little tired, but I wouldn't have changed it.
The rest of the year has been focused on more strength training, and slowly building my running base. Right now I'm up to at least 3 miles with each run, and trying to stay consistent. I've even done three 4-mile runs this fall, one without Rock Tape! I'm trying to get away from the Rock Tape, but it's still a safety blanket. I don't have many goals prior to my Bolder Boulder training, so I want to keep slowly adding mileage. I'm pain-free up to 4 miles right now, and I want to start pushing that limit once the new year settles in. I've started looking up chiropractors in Boulder, and there's no shortage there. I know I'll need maintenance to make sure I stay in alignment.