Why am I smiling here?
Because I am thinking to myself...
a) "Ah, It feels good to be a runner again!"
b) "I can't touch my toes. All of this yoga and I can't touch my toes still."
c) "I just made it around a 400M loop 20 times and only tripped over a root once, narrowly avoiding a face-plant.
d) all of the above
(See answer below.*)
Stretching out post-run makes me smile~ even when a snail could pace me.
Considering where I was only a couple of months ago- zero running for 8 weeks, the last few weeks I've seen some real improvement. I am starting (finally) to feel like a runner again! After 4 failed attempts to return to running, only to have PF bring it to a halt in the second week, I am now up to running consecutive days and 6 milers.
This isn't marathon training, and not even close to the mileage I was running in February, but it's forward progress.
To get back into running, I have relied on a schedule that gradually increases my time running each day. (See "Rule of Two" Article ► HERE )
"This system of starting with a 10 minute run and increasing by two-minute increments may seem slow at first, but it builds quickly if your body is truly healthy and ready for the progression. A runner rebuilding with four runs per week will be running 42 minutes after only four weeks. If the body isn’t readyits better find out earlier by paying attention to pain clues, otherwise potential setbacks are much larger."
This is THE MOST CAUTIOUS running return I have ever made.It is not my style.... trust me.
If I had my way, I would have shot out the door after my layoff and ran a 20 miler the first week back. (I think I did that once ..but a much shorter layoff and a race was on the line =D .)
I'm sure you are curious.. so here are some recent run details:
-My longest run since returning has been 62 minutes, and a little over 6 miles.
-Most of the runs have been timed, but ran with only heart rate and total time showing, (my goal being to run for time and under 139 heart rate--my personal, easy pace top-end)
-Most runs have been on gravel and fairly flat, the remainder were on pavement, a bark trail and once a week I get on grass for 20 minutes +/- .
Go ahead and laugh... Just don't tell me O_o .
-Although my pace has improved (at or under 139 HR), I feel like I am dragging bricks. A little speedwork would feel nice, and experience shows it would certainly eliminate that dragging feeling....
-Stretching daily is now a focus, whereas before I would brush it off or do the minimum. I still would rather run than stretch, which leads me to another topic..
Running a local gravel road
Running Traps and TemptationsThere is a point I get to when I am base building, where I get absolutely BORED with running just easy pace. And there is a little voice in the back of my head that says.."You would feel much better on all your runs if you just did a little bit of speed today."
Unfortunately, it happens to be the worst time to hear that voice... Just as I am leaving the injury zone.
Revisiting PF is not on my bucket list. And there is the long haul to look at... the longer I spend base building, (within reason), the better a base I will have for speed work, races, etc...It is injury protection in the bank- or it should be, if you are a "normal" runner. (Not saying I am normal.)
Q: Do you face any Running Temptations or Traps?Truthfully, I would be in a poor spot to race right now.
But, I might entertain the idea of wearing a bib and running with a group on a trail somewhere.
Just to say I HAVE ran a race in 2013. It's tempting.
Photo from a trail we hiked in Eugene.
Finally: What has me fired up?
This story, from NBC.
Perhaps you have already heard?
A woman enters a half marathon....
During the race she takes a wrong turn, asks race organizers permission to change to the full marathon (mid-race!). She gets permission and goes on to place 1st female and also Boston Qualify.
I hope this is not going to set the stage for future road races in the US.
Am I being too harsh? Perhaps I am too competitive, and think racers should stay on their race course.
You can read my comment to NBCSports here, and add your own. Or, leave your thoughts here in the comment section.
Q: How do you feel about racers being allowed to change their distance in the middle of a race?*If you answered d) you are correct!