Monday, January 30, 2012

Half Marathon Mondays... Less than a Week Left

Hi friends!  I cannot believe we are less than a week out from our half marathon.  I am starting to get really anxious about the whole thing.  

Yesterday we had to run 12 miles.  Hubs and I went to the trail. He took 10 strides and realized that he couldn't do it.  He was having major knee issues.  I had to run it alone... 12 miles by myself.  He has been by my side for every single long run. The idea of running without him by my side scared me. But unbelievably, I did it, and it felt great. 

After the run I did my very first full ice bath.  I screamed and may have even cried a little.  It was terrible.  BUT I will admit, I felt wonderful after it was done.  And I feel really great today.  The ice bath definitely made a huge difference.

Hubs on the other hand was not feeling great. His knee is very painful today. He has started to panic, thinking the worst has happened and that he may not be able to run on Saturday.  It breaks my heart to think that this is even a possibility at this point.  He has worked so hard for this.  We are going to do everything we can to ensure that we cross that finish line together on Saturday.

He has taken baths, rested, iced, elevated, and is keeping it wrapped in a knee brace all week.  Tonight I went and bought a foam massage roller for him, in hopes that he can work it out.  If things aren't better by Thursday, we will be going to the Urgent Care center.  

I feel like I am as prepared as I am going to be for Saturday.  No matter how the race goes, I am proud of the work we have put in to get to this point.  Much sweat, tears, pain, laughter, and triumphs have led to this week.  I am going to cross that finish line.  

The next time we do another "Half Marathon Monday" it will be a recap of the weekend.  That excites me.  We are running with a group of friends.  Six of us will do this together.  

My friend, Meghan (@MegEJ) has recently started her own blog while working, wedding planning, and all that comes with her life.  She started the Couch to 5K program today. She wants to run a half this time next year.  I can't wait to follow her along on her journey.  

Can't wait to update you guys on the run next week!  I can't believe it's finally here.  Say some prayers for us... especially that Hubs heals fully and quickly. Talk soon, friends!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 
Philippians 4:13

Brandi Nell

P.s. I promise that I will start blogging about something other than running soon.  It has taken over our lives for the last 12 weeks. I can't wait to start being a normal person (and blogger) again.  HANG IN THERE!


Unknown said...

thanks for the shout out my dear :) I'll be praying for Kevin that he can get this issue with his knee resolved! I'm so, so proud of you for doing this! It gives me great encouragement :)

Allyson McGuire said...

I wish I had this kind of will power - I don't think I'll ever make it as a runner! I am loving reading your blog, and I thought I'd let you know - I was recently tagged on my blog, and I've passed it to you! stop by Cupcakes and Candy Canes and check it out!


Ruth said...

I hope hubs knee is feeling better by SAturday. I can't wait to hear how well you both do.