I left my last post on a cliffhanger...the night before my "long run" of 1 mile to test out the foot. Well I am happy to report, that Test #1 went well. I ran an easy mile, didn't break a sweat, and called it a day. And I have to say - that mile felt GLORIOUS! You miss something you love doing for only 2.5 weeks and it feels like years. And the first moment you get a sniff of that feeling back after such a long break, it all returns back like it never left. Not so fast, I don't want to get ahead of myself. I will say though that although the mileage hasn't been that significant over these past few days since I've started running again, my mood is completely different. Which leads me to a conclusion that I've made: I need running to stay sane. I can ride a bike a get a high from an awesome ride and I can come back from a great swim and stand tall from sore back muscles after a workout, but there is some connection I have with running that is like no other. Likely due to the fact that I grew up doing it, but my mind and body work differently when I am able to run.
Let me give you the rundown (pun intended) on these past couple of days of running:
- Friday: 1 mile
- Saturday: 1 mile (plus 2 hours of spinning)
- Sunday: 2 miles
- Monday: 4 miles
Its only 8 miles, but it feels like a lot more. I am still very tentative when I am running though, because I know I am just one step away from feeling that pain in my foot. And the worst part is that I will never see it coming if it comes back. But the doc says to keep progressing as long as I am running pain free. Hopefully my orthotics will come in soon, which should resolve my concerns about my foot acting up.
In the meantime, I'm gonna keep on running...because I can!