My friend Rachel recently posted on her Facebook wall that she would be walking the Get Lucky 7K with her fiance and a mutual friend, and invited others to join her. Rachel is walking a marathon in May and this will be a great training race for her, though the free beer, stained-glass finisher medal and awesome sweatshirt are major draws, too. :)
While I was reading her wall post I thought, Maybe I should walk this race instead of running it.
I'm already signed up for the Get Lucky, and want to improve my time this year after a poor showing last year. However, future hubs and I are signed up for the We Walk Marathon as well, and I feel like we haven't done much training for it. Walking this race would also give me the chance to hang out with Rachel, Matt and Laurie, and I think that would be more fun than running this race within a specific time frame.
This could also be a sign that I still need to give my knee more time off from running. I'm frustrated that I'm not running much (up to 15 minutes at a shot). My legs certainly aren't ready to run a 5K right now, let alone a 7K, and time is running out to train for the race.
I guess what this dilemma boils down to is figuring out my priorities. Do I scrap running so I can focus more on walking, or should I continue incorporating both into my workouts? Should I focus on a good 7K time, or rest from running until the end of May and then focus on my goal summer races? Completing a marathon has been a bucket list item for me for the past few years, and I'd like this year to be the year I finally do it.
My knee is still a major concern for me, so last week I visited my regular doctor. He suggested physical therapy, which I've responded to well in the past. I went to my first PT appointment on Tuesday morning, and the doc completed a series of muscle tests and watched me walk barefoot. She determined that my right gluteus medius is weak, so she prescribed me a series of exercises to strengthen that muscle. I hope that the PT works because I miss being able to run like I used to.
Don't forget about my giveaway for a free race entry! Presidents' Day is the last day you can enter.