Monday, March 05, 2007
On the road again!!! :-)
On Thursday last week, I found out that my orthotics had finally arrived!!! I didn't have an appointment with the PT until Monday, but they said I could swing by and pick them up...so I picked them up that day! I started wearing them Friday and on Sunday, I went for a run! It was glorious...it felt so good to be out there. It was an easy 3 miles. Afterwards, my foot did ache a bit so I iced it, stretched it and took good care of it. My daughter was excited at the prospect of being able to run together again - and I was going to run with her early today - but decided to wait until after my PT appointment this morning to get the official word about how much running I can do and when.
At the PT appointment, I told her what happened. I admitted that I didn't slowly break in the orthotics (you are supposed to wear it for 1 hour one day, then 2 hours the next day, and so on). I just put them in my shoes and started wearing them. She said that was fine as well as they felt ok (which they did). She just cautioned me to take it easy, and stretch, stretch, stretch and massage. She then asked me when I was planning to run again. I told her tonight with my daughter, and she said that was great!!!
So yesterday I ran 3.07 miles in 37:25 min with a stretching break halfway through. Today, I ran 2.32 miles with my daughter in 31:29 min (running 2 min and walking 1 min) with a stretching break halfway through. I did some audio recording during both runs so I have lots of podcast material. The quality actually sounds pretty good. I am hoping to finish up my first episode sometime this week.
Tomorrow is elliptical with strength training, then another run on Wed.
After such a long break (a month) of not running, I feared that the habit and enjoyment for running I developed while training for the marathon last year would be lost. This was not at all the case. It was even more enjoyable! I suppose knowing what I was missing made it feel so much better when returning to the road.
It is good to be back!
Oh, and if you haven't already done so, check out Susan's blog "I Run For My Life" and read about her incredible marathon this past weekend (way to go Susan)!!!