It’s been a while and a lot has happened. Here’s the update!
Q: Looks like you’re running again?
A: Two, now almost three, Fridays ago, I was cleared by my physical therapist, who by the way was the literal best, to start my marathon training program. So, yes! I’m running again!
Q: Oh! What does that look like?
A: Since I’m going from not running at all for almost 8 weeks to I need to run 26 miles in 4 months one word: slowly. My build is a gradual 2 miles week over week. The focus is a lot of short runs. And by a lot I mean a lot for me. I’ll be running 5 days per week. Each run, even the 1 milers are run at 5×1 intervals.
Q: You’ve said you don’t do well with a lot of of runs during the week, what changed?
A: The fact that I really have no choice changed. That and this plan is physical therapist developed and approved and, this is most important, there is no time goal on any of these runs at all whatsoever. While the last marathon cycle focused on the track and the tempo this is focused on getting my legs used to the mileage by January 8.
Q: So how are you feeling?
A: I feel fine. My right side, actually, is the most sore these days. After I walked the Great Race (update coming soon!) I had some major cramping and general right side crankiness. This is my peroneal tendonitis side so I got a little stressed out. Nothing a lot of rolling and stretching hasn’t solved. My knee, however, has been ridiculously well behaved. I am honestly so unbelievably careful with it though. Any twinge, any discomfort, any misstep has me sitting immediately, massaging my quad and tendons and whispering sweet nothings to my leg (seriously).
Q: How has running been?
A: Scary, frankly. I have to remind myself that I don’t have a running injury. It wasn’t a 5 miler that took me out, it was Motown Philly. I am super careful with my footfalls and my speed. I do every interval like my life depends on it. But, overall, I am so happy to be outside, in my shoes, wind in my face. I almost forgot how much I love running.
I’m so excited to be at the end of week one of my 13 week training program. I also got new shoes, new clothes and a personal trainer — big doings over here!
What’s on tap for your late fall training?