I’m not sure that I should even type this (or say it out loud) but I think that I am on the road to recovery. Although this week hasn’t been perfect, it was a huge improvement on last week and I’m beginning to believe that I will be completely back to normal in a week or two. I hope. Fingers crossed. Body – please keep it together.
Despite my shin splint setback (two weeks completely off from running) it still feels like I have plenty of time to get up to speed – both figuratively and literally. I’m still trying to keep from setting myself unrealistic goals but I do have one big goal – sort of a comeback goal. it’s been two years since I’ve run a decent half marathon. Last year I somehow managed to finish the Canyonlands half marathon but it was not pretty – and my slowest road half ever. I am ready for a good race!
Monday: 3 miles at 9:13 pace. Back on the treadmill to try and calm my super tight calves. Oy! They were crazy sore on Sunday and I woke up on Monday morning hoping that I hadn’t pushed too hard. I don’t know if anyone else ever feels nervous taking those first few steps in the morning. Lately, I wake up and try to figure out if anything hurts. Once I’ve confirmed that nothing hurts lying down, then I need to figure out it if I can walk properly. It’s an exciting wait to start the day :/.
Tuesday: 4 miles at 9:13 pace. More treadmill. Slow and steady, right?
Wednesday: 4.15 mile tempo run. 10 minutes at 9:13 pace, 15 minutes at 7:30 pace and 10 minutes at 9:13 pace. This felt really great. A hard effort but not impossible. Now I just need to take these tempos out on the road. Eventually.
Friday: 3.1 mile trail run at 9:55 pace with a little over 300 ft of climbing. My first run of the year in shorts. Sunny and in the 60s (!). A lunchtime run on one of my favorite running trails. Perfect! I tried to keep it a little easier than last week but it didn’t feel any easier. I’m trying to keep track of what makes some running days feel so great – like everything if working the way it should – and other days just feel so off. Is it totally random, or has anyone else figured it out?
Saturday: Race day! 2 mile warm up at 9:50 pace. 10 k at 7:43 pace (47:52). 2 mile cool down at 10:22 pace. I’ll fill you in on the details later this week.
Sunday: 3 mile recovery run with Sophie at 9:36 pace. Wow – some wind and light rain. I was getting ready for my run and kinda looking forward to running in the rain. As an Irish person this is crazy talk. Growing up it rained every second day – light, all-day drizzle mostly and it got old pretty quick. Now, living in Utah, rain is a bit of a rarity (except for my last marathon and my very first half marathon LOL!). So much so, that there is a distinct smell every time it rains which I’ve never noticed anywhere else.
Weekly total: 27.45 miles.