Run 4.0 - Wk 3/52: Saturday by kschoonover at Garmin Connect - Details.
For the last three weeks, I've been trying to push myself back into running. It hasn't been easy, it hasn't been pretty. Its been frustrating, painful, but I've been doing it.
Today, I feel like I turned one corner. I know there will be more hurdles and many more challenges to come, but it feels good to have a reward today after a run rather than just pain.
This morning T & I went to the indoor track to run. Goal was 4, but would be happy with 3. No expectations, no time goals set, just do it. I've been having so much shin splint pain after my runs, I was just hoping for limited discomfort after the run.
We set the goal to run 2 laps/walk 1 for the first two rounds and then up to run 3/walk 1 for 3 rounds and then back to run 2/walk 1. Time seemed to fly by. Not many other people were up early at the track to run, so it was nice to have a relatively clear track. When we were done, we had completed 4 miles. Nice! We both felt good and even felt like we could have gone for another half hour or so.
My shins even felt good afterwards.. not great... but good is better than not being able to even walk. Our pace was on track and even better than we were hoping for at this point in our training plan. T doesn't even realize this, but for most of it I was thinking.. "is she ever going to slow down?" It was a good push for me and felt good to realize that I can go faster than my mind thinks I can.
It was after this run, that I realized I can do this half marathon.. and the two following that I have scheduled. Here I am on Jan 22... just starting and already able to 4 miles. Even though it wasn't all running, my pace doing a run/walk combo was better than when I run straight! And I walked away feeling good. Was that a runner's high?
So tonight I decided to stretch myself and signed up for another half this year... this one on September 3rd.
I may be crazy... but at least it's a good intention crazy....