I Went for a Run!

Yesterday morning I went to visit my physical therapist for another session of ART. Once again I left feeling pretty good, so I think it must be doing something! My PT says I’m still really tight and need to come back again next week. I’m really not surprised. By the end of the night, every single night my hip and lower back ache pretty badly until I go through my stretching routine.

I spoke with my PT about my plan to start training for the A1A Half Marathon. He said for now to lay off the speedwork and to check in with myself very often during every run. I have to check to see if my gait is changing, if anything feels sore or extra tight and of course I have to stop if my foot/feet go numb.

Last night I headed down to the beach for a run with all of those points in mind. It was SUPER windy and my hair was blowing every which way, but I did not care because my run felt pretty good!

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It’s been over two weeks since I’ve gone for an easy, short run. I wanted to do about three miles last night. I started with a very easy run/walk for the first mile. I wanted to really get warmed up and make sure I was checking in with myself. After mile one I felt okay, so in mile two I picked up the pace slightly but kept with a run/walk. For the final mile I eliminated the walk and just cruised back to my car with a tiny touch of runner’s high!

Mile 1: 15:41 (run/walk)
Mile 2: 15:02 (run/walk)
Mile 3: 13:47 (easy run)
3 miles / 14:52 pace / 81*F with 66% humidity

Definitely not a run to brag about but it’s mine and I’ll take it. After two weeks of almost no running (except for 9 miles in Chicago) all pain free miles feel like a reason to celebrate.

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If I’m being honest with myself (and with you), during the final half mile I did have a tinging in my left foot. It didn’t go numb, but I think if I had run another mile it would have gotten to that point. Maybe I need to stick exclusively with the easy run/walk strategy for the next few days. That’s not ideal when my mind is telling me LET’S GO but it’s better than nothing.

As I’m writing this I can feel an ache (but not a pain) in my lower back and a bigger ache in my glutes, but I don’t know if I should really attribute that to the three miler or not. Almost every night for the last week or so I’ve come home and felt this type of ache after sitting at my desk all day; however, while I was running I didn’t feel any aches at all.

Maybe this means I should just quit my job and run all day?

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By the way, you’ll probably notice that I’ll be posting more Garmin selfies and running stats in the coming months! I received a couple of requests for this since several readers are also going to be training for/running the Miami Half Marathon in January or the A1A Half Marathon in February.

In the past I’ve been hesitant to share all the details of my training plans because a coach put them together for me and I often felt like it wasn’t fair for me to publish all of the details online. After all run coaches have to make a living too! 🙂 For the A1A Half Marathon I’ll be using the Runner’s World SmartCoach program so I don’t feel bad about sharing the details of my training plan!

I just hope that the future running stats I get to share are much more exciting than the ones in this post!

Do you ever have to deal with running into the wind? It’s hard!



  1. October 21, 2015 / 10:16 am

    Whenever it looks like it will be windy on my run I head for a shaded area so the trees will block the wind. I’m a wimp like that!! 😉
    That’s exciting that you are feeling good enough to start running again! Yeah on progress! Sitting down gets uncomfortable for me when my glute issue flares up. Unfortunately I have to sit at my desk all day 🙁

    • Kristina
      October 21, 2015 / 3:51 pm

      I was a total wimp last night. Every time sand would get in my nose or mouth I would let out a little scream, haha.

      I thought the wind had to be like 25mph but my Garmin said it was only 13mph!

  2. October 21, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    Hooray for pain free running! I used a run/walk strategy when I was coming back from a strained muscle and I didn’t have any issues with re-injury. Better to get to run just a little bit than to find yourself unable to continue running!

    I’m looking forward to seeing more details about your training and paces. I like being able to look at how other people are training and what sort of results they are seeing based on the training.

    • Kristina
      October 21, 2015 / 3:52 pm

      Oh great! I’m so glad to hear that the run/walk strategy worked and helped you ease back into your training. I’m going to use it again tonight and see how it goes!

  3. October 21, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Awesome!! Yaaay for getting back to running!!

    Was there any particular reason you decided not to continue with your coach (that’ you’re comfortable mentioning), or just wanted to shake things up?

    I look forward to seeing your training details! I, too, enjoy seeing how other runners are training and a lot of bloggers feel that posting the details is helpful for them, because they can get more targeted feedback and it helps keep them accountable. I will probably go back to posting more detailed logs this winter when I’m marathon training, although I’m still not sure how much detail I’ll include this time around.

    • Kristina
      October 21, 2015 / 3:57 pm

      I’m going to work with a coach again when I start training for Chicago next year. The marathon distance is something I still would like personal guidance with.

      I feel really comfortable with the half marathon distance, and have gone through enough half training cycles with a coach that I think I know what to do. My whole reasoning for working with a coach up until this point was to take the thinking part out of constructing a training plan. I didn’t really feel confident enough to put together my own plan because I knew I hadn’t taken the time to research or understand all that there is to know about different types of runs and what makes them a useful part of training. Plus, as a slower runner I always wanted guidance and feedback for my speed workouts. Now that I’ve been running for almost three years I feel much more confident in my understanding of different type of runs and what they do, and I feel more confident in my ability to execute speedwork without injuring myself!

      The RW SmartCoach plan is really cool too. You input a recent race time and it gives you a plan based on your race time, your goals and your desired training intensity level! I like that it gives you a pace to aim for on each run as well to ensure your easy runs are easy and your workouts are building speed. I know there are free plans online but I don’t think they’re as detailed, so this was a nice happy medium for me. Four months of the RW SmartCoach plan was only $20!

  4. October 21, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Woot! Glad you got those 3 miles in pain free! I like your idea of sticking with a walk/run for a little. I always think, okay would I rather take it easy for a week or two and still get to run, or push myself and then realize I need another two weeks off?

  5. October 21, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    YAY YOU RAN!!! I’m glad it felt good to get out there. The wind has been INSANE this past week!! It woke me up in the middle of the night on Monday. I wish it would bring rain.

    Re: the RW plan…I do like their plans a lot! Very customizable. Have you decided to leave your current coach, or just for this one race? I’d like to hear some details about that decision.

  6. October 21, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    Oh yeah, that wind! My last run was Monday and I had a headwind for the first 1.5 mile. It was miserable! I was forced to walk a few times because the resistance was so great. But the reward is the way back! The wind basically pushed me back home. I didn’t have to do anything. Also made me run faster and better which is a nice confidence booster if nothing else. 🙂

  7. October 21, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Yay for pain free runs!!!
    I’ve run in a haboob before, LOL

  8. October 21, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    I am glad you were able to get in a run! It is better to be safe than sorry, so I would really ease back into it. The wind can be a beast! I fear windy days for races!! I hope the PT keeps working for you!!

  9. October 21, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    Yay for running! I swear even 10 minutes is better than nothing. It changes my perspective and attitude about everything. And I always say that running into the wind counts as resistance workout. No need to hit the weights after that!

  10. October 21, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    I probably should be doing more run/walking right now too as I ease back into things. Some days I feel really good, others not so much. That’s great that you are running pain free. Progress!!! Wind is not my favorite, but I also imagine that I am exerting more effort and therefore getting faster. Plus, at some point you are going to have a tailwind, right? Who doesn’t like a tailwind? 🙂

  11. October 21, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Glad you were able to get a few miles in! I’ll bet in felt great to be out there. As long as you continue to listen to your body, I’m sure you’ll be fine!

  12. October 22, 2015 / 8:45 am

    It sounds like you’re doing all the right things with the PT visits and listening to your body. I know it must be tough to take it easy when your mind wants to GO. But your strategy will pay off in the end.

  13. October 24, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    I run a loop around a lake nearby and the wind can get ridiculous sometimes. Way to stick it out, it can be so annoying sometimes!

  14. November 7, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    Yay for the pain free three miles 🙂 Clearly I am catching up. Reading this post gave me a smile!