After Milo: What’s Next for the Runt Runner?

Posted: August 4, 2011 in Personal

It’s been four days after the event. Most of the soreness have gone away. I can now go up the stairs like normal though I still can’t bend my right knee when going down. Yesterday, I went back to doing some upper body workouts and later I might do strengthening exercises for the injury. I haven’t gone out of the house yet because commuting at this state, in this city, is just out of the question. But perhaps tomorrow I can go to the mall with my family for my sister’s birthday.

I can’t believe I’m running another 21K in less than two weeks. That’s the Kagay-an Festival Run in Cagayan de Oro. The plane tickets have already been bought and it would be a shame not to participate. I don’t know, maybe I’ll just practice brisk walking, Alay-Lakad my way through the whole route, and sprint to the finish line to show some effort. This time, I need to prioritize my knee and give it time to heal.

I’m thinking about taking up swimming for cross-training. Two problems: 1) I only partially know how to swim, and 2) I don’t have a swimsuit. I can’t even recall the last time I actually swam. I must save up for that. Now that I found the pool inside the camp, making this a weekly thing is much easier.

I’m also looking into joining more trail running and mountaineering expeditions. However, since these activities necessarily mean inclines, I will have to let my knee injury heal completely before doing them. I’m excited to buy a tent and new trail shoes for added grip. I might even buy a pair for my dad so he can join me and my sister. Sandugo Helikon is just PhP1,995!

How about cycling to complete a triathlon? Hmmm… not in the near future. A decent bike will cost a lot, even the “cheaper” ones. Since I’ve accomplished my goal of running a full marathon, I’m now more interested in going back down in distance and increasing my speed. A sub-20min 5K would be awesome. Then I’ll work my way up again with PRs in mind. There’s just that one little matter of the Singapore Marathon which I already registered in. *chuckles* I’ll find a way. 😉

Lastly, I hope to meet more running buddies through joining A Running Circle’s regular Thursday fun runs and meeting up with the PF peeps. Sometimes we tend to talk about running like geeks, and races feel like big conventions. Running is no longer a hobby but a way of life.

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