I've been slowly cementing the idea in my head that 2012 is my year for half marathons. And girly Disney half marathons at that. My excitement level has been building. I even started recruiting friends to think about coming along and cheering me on. (I'm even going to make them wear Team Emily shirts!) I was pretty confident, that while I might not be back to my top running form, I would still be able to finish in a decent time and maybe stop for a few pictures along the way.
I've been working with a new physical therapist on my knee and I decided to test the waters and see what she thought about me running a half marathon in January (I was only going to mention the first one and see where that got me). January is so far off - I would totally be okay to be doing some running by then. Right? Right? So I casually ask what she thought about me running a half in January...
I saw the look on her face as the words left my mouth and knew the answer wasn't going to be what I wanted to hear. In a nutshell, injuries like mine can take 9 months to a year to fully heal. (I whine to myself - but it's already been 6 months!!) She told me walking wouldn't be out of the question and that we could work together to come up with an acceptable run/walk interval that would be okay for my knee. The goal is to keep everything low impact on my knee while it heals.
Okay, that wasn't so bad. I didn't hear a firm no. So I'm still planning on both the Tinkerbell & Princess in 2012. That Coast to Coast medal is going to be MINE! But there will probably be a lot more walking than I anticipated, which probably means no photos (or very few). The 3 hour 30 minute time limit does have me a little worried. Even more so than last time. And of course the possibility of being swept off the course.
So in addition to the girly Disney halves in 2012, I am now tentatively planning to do another half in September. Pure walking. No running. It has a 4 hour time limit which will let me test out how fast I am (or not). I say tentative because if I'm not ready I will drop down to the 10K.
What remains now is me getting over walking (rather than running) which is my own hang up. It shouldn't matter - it is still an accomplishment. It's how I started after all. Walking a 5K, then a 10K and finally a half (way back in 2005). My first half was finished in just under 4 hours. So we'll see how much speed I have picked up in 6 years.
And at my next physical therapy appointment I guess I'd better check with her on me doing a triathlon! It's coming up in August!
ETA: And to help me with making sure I'm at the right pace, I finally bought my Garmin!!