The past two weeks of workouts haven’t been as scheduled as I had hoped, but I was still able to get out there and work on my base. I’m trying to be conservative when it comes to my running because the last thing I want is another injury. But with each run, I’m becoming more confident and know I’ll get back to where I was pre stress fractures.
Week of 4/25
Wednesday: 4 Miles
Saturday: 3 Miles + Abs, Arms & Hips
Total: 7 Miles
I met up with Mallory on Wednesday at Mugrage Park to run a few loops. We did a few loops of the paved path, one loop of the trail and went out into the development nearby. We kept an easy pace, especially after the trail loop, which was partially covered in mud. It was my first run after the race last week, and I felt really good.
Saturday I kept my run short. I would have preferred my second run of the week to be during the week, but I ended up with something going on every night after work. I stuck to the treadmill and tried to work on my form a bit. Another easy run with no pain.
A relatively easy week, but another week of no pain and more mileages to add to my belt. I ended up closing out April with a total of 24.85 miles. It’s not a whole lot, but after a few months of no running, I’m happy with any amount of miles I’m able to run!
Week of 5/2
Tuesday: 4 Miles + Arms
Saturday: 3.1 Miles
Sunday: 5 Miles
Total: 12.1 Miles
Tuesday I met up with Mallory and we ran on the indoor track. We kept it at an easy pace and lifted once we were complete. I felt a little off the next day, but that usually happens any time I end up running on the indoor track, too much of one direction and turn isn’t the best.
Saturday was my first solo run outside. I didn’t want to focus on pace, I let my legs lead the way and I would check on pace just once in awhile. I felt like I was working, but not too much that I wouldn’t be able to continue past the first mile. I stayed close to home and ran the surrounding developments. I ended up with a 9:37 average pace, and ended up negative splitting the entire run. It’s humbling to see what used to be my easy recovery pace, is now my current pace. Even though this is still about a minute slower than where I was, it’s nice to see that I’m getting faster than when I started recovery.
Sunday I met up with Mallory again and we ran with her dog Walter through Buckeye Woods. We kept it at an easy pace and ran through the marsh, the woods and a little of the paved path. There were a few times in the woods that the run felt like hard work, but there were also a few hills in there as well.
These past two weeks I’ve been able to continue working on my base and hopefully each week I’ll be able to add a few more miles. I’ve still got a long way to go, but as long as I keep working and I don’t push myself too much, then I should get to where I used to be by mid summer.