Now that my knee/leg is feeling better, I decided to get out and walk this afternoon. It was nice to be outside, even if I still can't run. I wasn't pushing myself to walk my fastest because I'm concerned about hindering the healing process. Still, I thought I was making good time.
I was wrong. I walked for an hour and 19 minutes and went about 4.3 miles. That makes a pace of 18.22. In order to finish the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in 6.5 hours, I need to be able to walk at about a 15 minute pace. The race gives 7 hours to finish but I want to get across that finish line ahead of the people with the push brooms.
I'm going to go ahead and admit this: I'm scared!
I am so far behind in my training... whether running or walking... I feel like I will not be ready for this race.
I am so hoping I will be able to run part of the race. I can't, however, even run across the street at this point without experiencing sharp pain in my right thigh. I know this because I tried to run across a busy street while out on my walk. Fortunately, the street was narrow... otherwise it could have easily turned into a Frogger scenario.
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So. What to do?
- Hang in there, work on walking faster and hope my leg is in passable running condition?
- Or do I hang my hat for this one and focus on future races?
My fear is that I will start the marathon and not be able to finish. Or not finish in time. I'm not a quitter... but I'm also not a fan of being humiliated.
What would you do?*
*Don't worry... I rarely act on the opinions of others. I'm just curious.
On a happy note-- my feet look pretty! I gave myself a long-overdue pedicure today. I hope the toenail polish holds up when I start running again!