Training: 20 Miles

This was the week of running confidence. I’m building my confidence back with each injury free mile I run. I’ve been waiting to write this training post for eight weeks now. It might seem dramatic but I’ve been injured for so long I didn’t know if I remembered how to run when the time come.

Each run felt good. I don’t feel “in shape” but I don’t feel injured. The most important aspect for me is that I’ve begun craving running. I have begun WANTING to run again. That is honestly a feeling I haven’t had in a long time.  Currently I have no focus on pace at all.  I am just running by feel…since I like to keep a decent idea of time/mileage I am running with my garmin watch.

I’m not following any “plan”. My goal was to run roughly 30 minutes very easy most days of the week. If it felt weird or off,I wouldn’t run. I’m not pushing the pace and I’m not even worrying about the pace. From what I’ve gathered, I’m running anywhere from 9 to 11 minute miles but the fact is I’m running pain, issue and worry free.

My fitness is definitely not there. After taking nearly 8 weeks off, I’m out of shape. I’m fine with it but it will be a long adjustment period. Plus it isn’t as if I have a bunch of races I desperately need to get ready for.

Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: OFF
Friday: 3 miles
Saturday: 3.25 miles
Sunday: 40 minutes (around 4 miles)
Total: 20 miles

All in all I felt good during each run. I didn’t have any injury discomfort during my runs. I just had breathing and OMG running is hard discomfort.  Since I’ve started running again (This is my first real week of running in 8 weeks), my foot is adjusting to that.  Each injury I’ve had, I’ve never come back feeling good.  After taking time off and rest I normally feel awkward and sore.  My body has to readjust to running.  This really hasn’t been an exception and I can feel my foot readjusting to running again.

My doctor told me to try and run most of the runs by myself.  I have done that for the most part although I did run with Tim a couple of times.  He was good to me though and slogged my 10 minute miles and never pushed the pace.

My plan for next week is something similar to this. I want to keep my weekly mileage the same of doing the 3ish mile loop around my neighborhood.  If everything goes smoothly, I’m going to try and run 45 minutes next weekend. If it doesn’t, then I won’t try 45 minutes. I think because I played on more of a conservative side with recovery, it will have more benefits in a faster recovery now. I was telling a friend this is the first injury I’m coming back with almost no aches or pains so that is motivating.  I see myself around 20-24 miles next week if everything goes smoothly.

Other things I’ve been doing to keep my recovery strong: 

1. I’m taking salt baths to keep the muscle feeling loose.

2. I bought a pair of compression socks.  I’ve always used sleeves but decided to buy a pair of socks to get blood to my feet/metatarsals as well.  I am really glad I did and I’ve found I’m getting a lot of blood flow without constricting my feet (or feeling as if I’m causing damage).

So as always thank you for your support!

Questions for you:

Do you like compression socks or sleeves (what brand):

I alternate between CEP, Injinji and Zensah.  I might be in the minority but I have found Pro Compression socks to not work.

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