And so I am trying to return to running, slowly but safely. My first new year's resolution for 2011 is to run safely without injury so this is first and foremost.
I have updated my blog. I did not run on New Year's Eve in the Running Room Resolution Run so this link was removed. I have the RR winter orange jacket from the event to match my RR yellow jacket from last year's RR run, but ironically, these two runs are the only ones I have registered for without actually running! :( I have signed up for the Really Chilly Road Race at the end of this month (February 27th), but since I have only 16 days left to prepare, I registered for the 5K instead of the 10K. I am keeping my fingers crossed that, between now and Good Friday in April, when the next/second London Honda Series run is scheduled, I will be running and training again so that I can run in a 10K. However, until I can get out there running, I am not going to register for "two runs ahead" (see NY Resolutions page) until I am confident that my achilles tendon is no longer a problem.
I have hidden my "half marathon in 2:15" and "10K in one hour" page links on the blog because they are not doable right now. Once I can get my running back up to my previous Fall 2010 level, I will edit the dates on these training pages and repost them as my training plans when I am physically capable of incorporating them. They are terrific plans and my desire is to return to them once I am physically able to.
I am also trying to keep all of this in perspective. I am disappointed that I am not running at the level I envisioned myself at for this time when I was making plans last fall; however, I knew when I made my running/training schedule that it would be altered repeatedly due to the weather. I just didn't bank on the winter being so tough and a tender achilles tendon to boot! :( However, at this time last year, I was not running either. I started getting back into it haphazardly at the end of March, and was able to run a 5K by the beginning of May. I am actually further ahead now than I was last year at this time - I weigh less, I am fitter, and my desire to start running again as soon as I can is greater. It's not that I can't achieve my goals; it's just that I have to alter the dates for achieving them, given the circumstances that have affected me. I will likely not make it to Toronto for the women-only half marathon as planned :( ... but it just means that I will need to find another half marathon to take its place later in the year. :)