The Amazing Race

Woooohooo! Amazing race at the Munich half marathon yesterday. Perfect weather, cheerful spectators, and to top it all off, a very unexpected PB! I felt strong throughout the race, but running through my 'hood and seeing my boys at km 17 really gave me that extra boost. I'm still wondering how this happened, given that I've put in very minimal mileage since June because of my runner's knee. Of course, I've been cross training to try and maintain my fitness, but I never imagined that it would have been enough for yesterday's race. Perhaps I was mentally fitter from dealing with the ups and downs of an injury, simply grateful to be running, appreciating every step I took? I also wonder if it's because of the vitamin B12 supplements I've been taking in the couple of weeks leading up to the race (recent blood results showed a deficiency). I'm sure it was a multiple of factors, including ideal running conditions, that attributed to a strong race. I'm just grateful for the entire experience. I'm now less afraid of setbacks. Your body and mind are a wondrous pair that can accomplish amazing things. We just need to listen and trust it.  Now some time off and physio to get my knee back on track.

Oiselle's Flyte Tank // Lululemon's Speed Short // CEP's Run Ultralight Socks

Oiselle's Flyte Tank // Lululemon's Speed Short // CEP's Run Ultralight Socks

Tape It

After a depressing week of feeling hopeless (doc basically told me that my knee would never heal), I thought... f*ck it. So against all logic, I ran the Tegernseelauf half marathon yesterday.

I watched a few youtube videos on how to stabilize my knee with kinesio tape, popped an ibuprofen and headed to the starting line. I was so excited to finally run again that I went out a bit too fast. So no negative split and no PR, but it felt frickin amazing.

The race announcer was apparently amused by my brightly taped knee :)  Trying to look composed before a crowd and conversing in German proved to be even more of a challenge than running a half on very minimal training. Haha!

Before yesterday's race, I had never used, let alone run, with kinesio tape. So, I expected to wake up this morning with a painful knee. Guess what?! It feels great! Which means that I don't feel anything at all. Did the stair test... no pain! Damn! This kinesio tape does wonders! Will have to order in bulk in a rainbow of colors. Feeling hopeful...