I did it! I ran for the first time in TEN weeks.
I’ll be honest- I was petrified to to do it. I have been going for walks for the last few weeks and put in quite a bit of distance, but no actual running.
It was yesterday. I set up a gel to run in the lab and then boogied for the locker room to change into the gym clothes that I’d been lugging around with me in hopes that eventually I would have both the time and the impetus to put them on. I had just enough time to change, get in a mile or so, change back, and get back to the lab.
I figured that this would be a good way to make sure that I didn’t over do it by deciding Hey, 1 mile felt great, I’ll go for another 2! which would have been a bad thing.
I slapped on my good, supportive running socks instead of fun knee socks. I wore compression calf sleeves. I opted to stick with my Inov8 Bare-X Lites for running because the toe-box is so much better in them than in the fancy-pants Brooks Ravenna’s that constrict my poor little tootsies.
I set the Map My Run app on my phone to start recording and iHeartRadio to start playing. I began walking as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones serenaded me with “The Impression That I Get,” and told myself that when the song changed, I would start running. Then when that song changed, I’d walk again, but when Dicky wrapped up the final chorus, I froze. I can’t run. It’s going to hurt again. It’s going to hurt again and then I’m going to be told to rest for another 4 weeks and then I’ll cry. My inner fit had to hurry up and straighten itself out because I could hear the beginning of a Red Hot Chili Peppers song and I HAD to run. Go! Go! Go!
And I did. And it was good. I tried to be very conscious of my form, keeping my legs from criss-crossing, leaning forward slightly, and trying my darnedest not to land so hard on my heels. The latter seemed to be a lot easier to do in my Inov8s than in the clunkier Brooks.
Once “Higher Ground” was over, I started walking again. I was being careful to keep my average pace at about 15min/M as the doctor requested I do. I walked to the Gin Blossoms’ “Follow You Down” and then started running again- this time without music because my ever-so-reliable 4G decided it no longer wanted to provide me with the signal that I pay good money for. I ran until I completed the loop around the campus and then walked the rest of the way back to my building.
I completed 1.25 miles at a pace of 14:48min/M. Far from record-breaking, but it’s a hell of a lot better than the zero miles at no pace that I had been doing. I did not feel the same pain that I felt when I had to stop running in the first place – just a slight twinge that felt more like regular old muscle pain- and I’m feeling no pain today. I’ll be putting in another mile or so tomorrow, time (and leg) permitting.
It feels so great to be back.