I used to be a runner. I used to run everyday before work and also sometimes after work. I was one of those " obsessed " runners always chasing the runner high. I did many road races in my day, everything from 5k to completing 6 full marathons. Running was my escape from the world. In 2000 I was hurt at work and tore all my ligaments off my ankle. All running came to a screeching halt. Surgery and physical therapy for over a year followed. I was told I would never be able to run again. The stress of running on my ankle would be tremendous so I stopped running. I quit.
Not being able to run was very painful for me and my family. I ate to feel better and put on almost 100lbs in 2 years time. I wish I had been introduced to cycling back then. I tried to run, many times, but failed miserably. At 200lbs I was not very light on my feet and felt I couldn't do it. I gave up and ate some more. I am so glad that person does not exist anymore.
Fast forward to 2007. My husband wanted to do the Castlewood 8HR adventure race. I had began mountain biking about 2 months prior. I started running again and it was real painful at first, but as the weeks passed, I forgot about the pain. I really wanted to do this race. Jim and I took 2nd coed in our first race! From that moment, I told myself that I would learn to deal with being uncomfortable and never let it stop me again. And it hasn't. Here's proof
However, being able to ride a bike for many hours and put in insane mileage does NOT mean sh*t when you are running. When I first started 3 weeks ago, I found this fact out quickly. I realized there is no coasting to catch my breath either. I found a pace I could handle in the early morning heat and stayed with it for 2 miles. Sounds lame, I know. But, you have to start somewhere. I am currently up to 3 mile runs with plans to go further. Much further. I promised my boy that I would do this with him in Oct. How amazing will it be to stand at the start/ finish with him? I would never have guessed I would be given this opportunity. I hope I can keep up.
With all of this running I am doing, I think some cross races are definitely in order. I hope some of the running fitness also helps on the bike. I have a 12hr race and a 24 hr race in Sept.. Stay tuned to see how that plays out....