RNRLA Half Marathon Training - Week 5/6

It's starting to feel like the closer my half marathon gets, the more busy I become. I'm not letting that get in my way of training, however, what has been holding me back A LOT has been knee/leg pain. Week 5 was definitely better than week 6, but I still haven't been able to fully put in as many miles as the training plan says to.

Throughout my whole running journey, I have learned and experienced so many new things. It's still so crazy to me how the body works. It could be totally healthy and perfectly fine one day, and the next it's the complete opposite. 

I have had a bad left knee ever since high school when I used to play softball. One day during practice, I slid to 2nd base wrong and ever since, my knee hasn't been the same. I have experienced on and off pain while running, but it's never anything to severe. I go months without it hurting, but I feel like if it's not one thing, it's definitely another. 

I've been taking a lot more rest days than I wanted/planned to, but it's all to help me recover and prevent any serious injury. I had the most amazing track tuesday during week 6. I stayed with the Blue pace group throughout the whole workout, and even finished the last 200m with Blue+/Blurple. The next day however, it was the total opposite. Not even a full mile in, I started feeling pain in my left knee to the point where I just stopped to prevent a serious injury. I get really upset when this happens because I actually look forward to my runs and WANT to run farther and faster than yesterday. Recovery is part of the training process though and I can only hope to fully recovery in time for my half marathon.

I truly can't thank the running community enough for the encouragement and support. They help me push myself past my limits when I feel like giving up.

Let's see how week 7/8 go for me!

xo, Diana Karen