I graduated out of PT today. I am still welcome to make an appointment if I need to or if things seem out of whack, but my therapist said I don’t need regular appointments any more! I did some jogging (3 1-minute jogs) and it felt pretty good. I still have exercises to do several times a week and a “Get back to running after injury” plan but I am cleared!
That leaves the little matter of the Disney Half Marathon. This is not a little 5k that I am signed up for. It is a big race, much farther than I’ve ever gone. It is expensive to get there and it has a strict sweep time. Since I won my entry I am not out any money if I give it up. All signs point to the fact that I should think smaller and more local. I don’t need to run a half marathon to be healthy. It is training that takes time which is stressful and it could reinjure my knee easily enough – especially if I were dumb enough to try to run outside in winter in Minnesota.
On the other hand, this is an event that challenges me, it forces me to train and to grow as an athlete. My SIL is registered for the race, as well as several Fitbloggin’ friends. It hurts to think about passing that up.
It would have been easier if my knee felt bad today, the choice would have been clearer. But, when I see it all written out it seems clear to my head what to do even if my heart is holding me back. It has to go. It can still be a someday goal – when my knee is stronger, my weight is less, my kids are bigger, my finances more stable. But I am bummed at the choice.
I was going to #runDisney after all, and now I am not.
But I have to look at the bigger picture and think about all the important factors. Now is not my time to #runDisney. Perhaps someday my run will come.