Hey there! I have some really exciting news to share. On Saturday morning I set out for a run/walk with the goal of running a mile and then walking 2 miles for a total of 3 miles. That would be my longest total distance since surgery.
I achieved my goal of doing run/walk using 1:1 intervals for a full mile and I even threw in some fast intervals. It felt amazing to be pumping my legs and to feel my lungs working hard. During one interval I looked down at my Garmin and saw I was running 9:33 pace which is the fastest I’ve seen in about a year or more.
Prior to having the fasciotomies I couldn’t have even dreamed of running that fast. I was lucky if I saw my pace get into the 13 minute range for a few seconds. It was that run on Saturday morning when it clicked for me and I was sure the surgery was a success.
I ended up finishing the first mile in 13:56. I could have finished faster but towards the end of the mile I could feel one of the incisions on my left leg start to hurt/feel sore and I eased up.
I definitely pushed a little bit past my limit because 2 out of my 4 incisions started hurting during my cool down walk and my right calf in general felt really sore. That’s when I decided to cut the total distance down from 3 miles to just 2 miles. No need to try and set myself back just to walk another mile.
Cutting the distance short was definitely the right thing to do. By the end of Saturday my legs and feet were SUPER swollen, and the swelling stuck around most of Sunday too even though I was wearing my compression socks.
I will try to reign it in next time, but it feels good to know that I will be able to push myself again some day soon!
I can’t wait to put together a training plan and see what these improved legs can do. I’m proud of the PRs I set in 2014-2015 but I know I am capable of a lot better. I think 2018 is going to be an exciting year for me on the running front!
How was your weekend?