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!
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.
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?
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!