My permanent medical record clearly states something I have suspected for years: Mrs. Keri S. Wellman has fat thighs.
The doctor was not quite that blunt. However, the diagnosis of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome basically means I need to replace the flab on my thighs with actual muscle.
I’m in unmapped territory here.
About mile eleven on Sunday, my right knee began to ache. I stopped and stretched. By mile twelve I was popping Ibuprofen. I walked a good portion of mile thirteen. During mile fourteen, I tried willing myself into an out-of-body experience. It was mentally counter-productive, since the Grim Reaper, who is often involved in such things, is not the most inspirational running companion. I was elated to reach mile fifteen without the help of paramedics.
Ten minutes after my run, my knee felt fine. It occurred to me that perhaps subconsciously I was creating pain as an excuse to not perform well. Because as we all know, when you are slow, it is better to be hobbled than lazy.
The doctor assured me I’m not that psychotic. I’m just flabby.
So, it’s time for some strength training for me. I also foresee many squats in my future, which do not include picking up stray M&Ms from the floor.
This could be my chance to change history: medical history, that is.
The next four weeks will be a battle between Lazy Keri and Someother Keri. Lazy Keri may not come out of this alive. Frankly, it’s hard to do away with someone I’ve been so comfortable with for so many years.
Yet, the fact remains: Lazy Keri cannot successfully train for a marathon. Someother Keri must take her place.
I just hope she’s strong enough to win.
Miles: Sunday 15, Monday 0, Tuesday 2, Wednesday 6
Miles projected: the goal is to have an 18 mile run this weekend. I’ll keep the rescue team on speed dial.
Weather: it was perfect for my long run on Sunday: cool, and overcast with sprinkles. It amazes me whenever I call that type of weather “perfect.” The forecast is for sunshine & warmth—70s & 80s.
Terrain: for the 15 miler, I went all the way around a big lake we have here in Franconia. It was partly forested, had a moments of elevation, and lovely little beaches. The path changed from pavement to rock at times. It also split off between pedestrians and bicycles, so there was no fear of being run over. A fantastic running trail.
Wildlife: the usual deer, rabbits, and birds. However, the Brombachsee trail had areas containing wild boar. These big, fuzzy pigs were begging food from passersby at the fence.