After an eternity of not running (read; 5 days), I finally felt like my foot was ready to be tested out, after straining some ligaments on Sunday. I was hesitant to jump right back into my marathon training schedule, because hitting 50 mile weeks after some serious pain is terrifying, but this morning there was a 6 mile easy run and I figured I would try it.
I did my miles on the treadmill (even though it was only -8 and kind of nice out) just in case things didn’t go well and I had to stop running. I started out slow (~9:00 min/mile) and by the time I was done the 6 miles, PAIN-FREE, I was running at 7:30 min/mile. HALLELUJAH! Overall pace of 8:29 min/mile.
I got to watch SportsCentre so it wasn’t a totally awful choice to run indoors today. I am definitely excited to do my long run outside tomorrow though! Runner’s World actually just had an article about transitioning from training on the treadmill to training on the road. I think the main thing to keep in mind is to listen to your body and make adjustments as needed. You may not be able to run as fast, or you might even be faster on the road, so run accordingly!
I trained for the Hypothermic Half marathon mostly on the treadmill last year, but I did my long runs outside to make sure I knew how to dress/cope with the cold. The biggest difference I found was adjusting your pace based on how you feel. I really hilly route will require pace modification while the treadmill doesn’t offer that. As much as I love the treadmill, the sunshine and above zero temperatures that have started this week are super duper exciting!
I was so worried that my run would be painful today but I am so glad it wasn’t. My foot has felt good since Wednesday, but I haven’t pushed it. I haven’t experienced pain since Wednesday morning, but my foot has felt really tired since then. I guess it has been working really hard to repair any damage/strains/muscle tears. My foot muscles are just exhausted 😉
I will still take the anti-inflammatories for a couple of days, and continue to apply anti-inflammatory cream. I really think that stuff made a difference. Plus, now I had lots of the cream leftover to apply to any inflamed or tight muscles during the rest of my training!
If you haven’t already seen this article, go check it out… “75 Thoughts Every Runner has while out for a Run.” I laughed so hard at how accurate this was. One of my favourites… “How long have I been running? A year? I can’t remember what my life was like before I started this run.” EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. has gone through my head on a run.
I am really glad I took time off this week, even after my foot started to feel better. I don’t think you couldn’t have wiped the smile off of my face this morning if you tried, because I was so happy to be running (not in a pool). I am glad tomorrow’s run is only 14 miles (scaled back from last week) because it will help me ease back into my training schedule :).
What goes through YOUR head on a run?