This is super late. But better late than never, right?
This is super late. But better late than never, right?
I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been a bad blogger. I’ve been a bad ambassador for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. There’s some reasons why. Mostly because running is a struggle for me (still) and my knee still hurts when I run. I’m frustrated because it’s been 4 months since my surgery and I still can’t run more than 2 miles without it hurting. I’m out of shape, I completely lost my endurance, and I just want to get back to a point where I can run a few miles a few times a week and be fine.
This surgery was supposed to fix my knee. It was supposed to make it so I could run again and wouldn’t be in pain. The good news is that it doesn’t hurt when I golf anymore and I don’t have to wear a knee brace. The bad news is that if I walk for a long period of time (like walking 18 holes) it hurts really badly the rest of the day.
I know everyone recovers differently from surgeries but I was hoping by now I would be able to run a few miles to train for the 10K without being in pain. I ran the Hall of Fame relay on Sunday (recap to come soon) and it started hurting after 2.5 miles. I was actually running at a decent pace until that happened! But I figure it’s better to walk and not hurt myself than try to kill myself.
I’m hoping to get back into some sort of a routine soon. I move back home next Sunday and will not be working full time, so I’ll have a bit more flexibility when it comes to my exercising. I start my doctorate in the fall at Kent State University and I am excited to begin the next chapter of my life.
I’m hoping to have my recap of HOF relay up soon. I have been trying to keep up with everyone’s blogs but it’s proven to be difficult! It’s almost the end of the school year for me so I’m looking forward to having a week off.
Hello! If you are new here, my name is Emily and I love to run and golf. I just had knee surgery in December and my first race back will be the 10K at Cleveland! I’m excited to get back into my running and training regime.
If you are here your my giveaway, head on over to my Instagram where the actual giveaway is taking place. If you don’t have IG and still want a chance to win, comment on this post with the race distance you’d like to run and I’ll add you to the drawing! My giveaway ends on Saturday, April 1 at 11:59 PM. The giveaway is good for any race distance the weekend of May 20-21 except for the Challenge Series. As an ambassador, I am given a complimentary entry and one to giveaway.
I hope you continue to stick around and learn more about me. I talk about golf and running and my life as a college professor (soon to be grad student!)
Welcome, and good luck!
I finally registered myself for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 10K! I had been putting it off (to be completely honest) and I’m still kind of nervous about it, but I know I have a little over two months to prepare and I’m looking forward to it.
I’ve been really nervous to return to running. I tried a few weeks ago and it hurt, and I’m still scared to try again. I know I need to get over myself and just to go in and do it, but I know to stop if it does start hurting. I’m planning on running the Glass City Marathon Relay next month with my family and need to also get ready for that race. The good news is that I have been able to golf with no issues! It’s so nice to golf without a knee brace anymore!
I’ve been going to Pilates at school and I’m going to plan on trying to run sometime this week. Once I know I can run, I can set up a more realistic training plan. Until then, I’ll keep doing my strength exercises and the elliptical!
Until next time!
I never in my life thought I’d be so excited for a spring break. I was able to travel to Pinehurst, NC and play one of the coolest courses I’ve ever played. The place was like a golf heaven, there are 9 golf courses, the bars are golf-themed, and the clubhouse has tons of history in it. It was so cool to walk through a place where so many golf greats have been. The really cool thing was seeing my dad’s friend have a plaque up for the NC golf hall of fame in the clubhouse!
I was able to play Pinehurst #9 on Sunday. Considering it was one of my first rounds of the year, I wasn’t expecting too much. The course was beautiful and the greens rolled really nicely. I even birdied the second hole so that made me feel good about myself (for like 2 seconds hah!)
On Monday, I was able to play Pinehurst #2. If you don’t know, countless U.S. Opens have been played here as well as many other big tournaments. I was told before I started that I should expect to shoot 10 shots worse than I normally do. For a second, I didn’t believe it but a few holes into it I definitely started to.
The greens rolled so well. However, if you hit it in the wrong spot. you probably will be down a giant hill somewhere. If you miss the fairway, you are in sand (or “waste area”). But the cool thing is you can ground your club anywhere on the course (including the “bunkers” which are just an extension of the sand that’s freaking everywhere).
Let’s just say I was happy to get pars. Because they didn’t happen very often.
To give you an example, I hit the green on number 9.. maybe 10 feet from the hole. It spun back all the way down the hill. I tried to putt it up the hill, and it came back exactly where I hit it before. What a wonderful way to end my front 9 😉
Me and Payne
Despite the fact I didn’t break 90 (I was pretty close), I had an amazing time. I told myself I wasn’t going to get mad about bad shots and I wasn’t going to get frustrated when things happened (like what happened on 9). It made the round that much more enjoyable even though my score wasn’t great!
After my round, I grabbed a beer and watched some of the people coming up 18. My group was one of the last of the day, so there weren’t many behind us. The thing to do is bet on the people coming up 18. Like.. I bet you $1 that they won’t make the green, or I bet you that he will make that putt. And so on.
When I came up 18, I hit my approach shot over the green. I was so paranoid of hitting the clubhouse and I’m thankful that it was just down the hill. I hit my chip pretty close to the hole and people actually clapped for me. It made me smile even though it took me 4 shots to get to the green 😉
I spent way too much at the pro shop (basically.. bought a putter headcover, a towel, a shirt, a shot glass, a shirt for my dad.. no shame) and it was worth every penny. I am so glad I was able to experience this course and I hope I get to go back someday!
I still can’t run. It’s so frustrating because I can pretty much do everything else (minus squats.. but I kinda figured that would take a while to get back to). The good news is that I have been doing the elliptical and biking. It has been so nice this week that I biked outside on Monday!
I was also able to golf 36 holes over the weekend because of the nice weather! I was pleasantly surprised that I was hitting the ball decently well. My short game wasn’t the best, but I kept reminding myself that it’s February and I’m lucky that I’m even out there. My knee started bothering me towards the end of each of my rounds, but I was happy to be able to swing a golf club only 6 weeks out of surgery.
I told myself I would wait at least a week before trying to run again. I am going to attempt to tomorrow night and see how my knee feels. I’m not feeling too positive about it right now, but who knows. I’m hoping that my elliptical/biking will help with getting my endurance back. I’m running the 10K at the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon so I’m feeling confident that I can muster up enough endurance for 6 miles by race day (at least I hope so!). They also just released the course maps so be sure to check that out if you’re planning on running. I’m excited they took out the hill at the end, but that’s just me 😉
Other than being frustrated about my knee bouncing back, I have a whole bunch of other things going on with my future/career that I will save for another post. Stay tuned!
Also, if you would like another chance to win an entry to the marathon, hop over to Holly’s blog for your chance!
I’ve started each year with making goals for my year. This year, I didn’t exactly share them (at least not publicly). I was cautious of my goals knowing I was coming off knee surgery and I was wary of making a ton of running goals.
To be completely honest, I have no interest in running a half-marathon this year. I might have told people that I wanted to, and that might have been true at the time, but my heart isn’t in it. I don’t want to train for one. I don’t want to wake up at 5 in the morning to get runs in. I don’t want to have sore legs all the time. I don’t want to risk re-injuring my knee (this may sound more like an excuse than a reason but bear with me). I don’t want to feel the pressure (that I put on myself) to PR every time.
I spent the last two years (since Akron Marathon) feeling like I lost my passion for running. I hurt my knee at that marathon and I suffered through runs during the past two years. I wasn’t enjoying it and my heart wasn’t in it. I was fine with running short distances, but anytime I got over 5 miles I was miserable. It didn’t help that I did have an actual injury that was nagging and was making running worse, but even when it wasn’t hurting I didn’t feel the passion I had in 2012-2013. I would use running as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted and I gained weight. You’d think someone who was constantly running wouldn’t gain weight, but I did. I lost all of the weight (25 pounds) after I stopped running consistently.
So I’m not going to make any running goals. I’m signed up for Glass City Marathon Relay in April, Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 10K in May, and I’m planning on doing the OSU 4 miler (because I always do it) in the fall. I might add another 10K in the summer (Goodyear 10K), but those are the races I’m planning on running for now.
As for golf, I really want to qualify for the Women’s Mid-Am tournament in Naples, FL. Two years ago, I made it into a playoff for an alternate spot (the alternate ended up going to the tournament) and had my worst hole of the day in my playoff. I don’t even want to be in the position to be in a playoff this year; I want to qualify with no questions. I still get so nervous for tournaments and don’t play to my potential and it’s so annoying. I want to do everything I can this summer to reach my goal.
Okay so it’s not THAT cold.. but cold enough that this freeze baby isn’t happy.
This girl is still not running. Not that I completely expected to this soon, but I was hoping to be able to do more by now. I tried to bowl on Sunday and that didn’t go so well. I couldn’t put all the weight on my left knee to throw the ball properly, so I decided not to continue. Which was smart, but still frustrating.
I tripped over a student’s bookbag yesterday and felt a little pain afterwards, but I think it’s ok. I’m going to go to yoga today and hopefully will be able to do that without too many issues.
I’m hoping within a few weeks I’ll start being able to jog! I am planning on running the Glass City Marathon Relay in April with my family and another 5K at the end of April as well. I’m getting excited for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon because this will be the first time in 3 years I’ll be (hopefully) healthy! Speaking of which, how cool are these shirts?
And the medals??
I am loving both and can’t wait to get mine! They are definitely going all-out for the 40th anniversary. I will be giving away an entry in March over on my Instagram so stay tuned for that. You also get this really cool keychain just for registering (and for you beer-lovers, it’s a beer opener!)
I’m proud to be an ambassador for this race and love being a part of such a wonderful group of people.
If you want your chance to win this week, check out Pam’s blog! You have until Monday to enter to win an entry from her!
Hopefully soon I’ll be able to actually talk about my training. Since.. well.. it hasn’t exactly started yet. But that’s ok.
Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week! Can’t believe it’s almost Friday! 🙂
It has been officially 3 weeks since my knee surgery and I am feeling much better. Unfortunately, my knee became infected and I have been on antibiotics to fix that. Once I started taking them, I noticed a reduction in the swelling and pain so hopefully soon I will be back to new!
I am walking a lot better and can go up/down stairs without taking forever (seriously.. I took forever). I’m planning to keep on biking and eventually go to the elliptical. In fact, I might try the elliptical tonight!
So obviously, I’m not training for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 10K anytime soon but I am hoping to make myself a plan of sorts to get back into a routine. It’s hard to figure out a training program when you have no idea when you’ll be able to run again!
So I have a little giveaway going on, but it’s on my Instagram. My co-ambassador Jill wrote a book called Running with a Police Escort and I am giving away a copy! Just go here to enter and follow the instructions on the IG post.
I hope everyone has a great week!
I completely failed at writing a recap on my 2016 year. Mostly because I’ve only been playing Rollercoaster Tycoon on my phone from the couch for the last 6 days (seriously guys, it’s worth the $6 it costs.. it’s the same exact game as when we were kids).. and I haven’t really been on a computer much.
The good news, I can walk without crutches. Although I look like a drunk person. But that’s ok. Better than nothing. And I can get up the stairs and shower without help too, which is probably my favorite thing.
Anyway! The purpose of this post was to recap my 2016! Here are some of the highlights
I promise sometime I’ll post more pictures and not just words. But these were my top 9 from Instagram. Which is telling of this year as well.
Happy New Year!