Obviously I’ve been busy with Run This Year 2014, as this is my first real post of the year. I’m happy to announce that I’ve been able to do short runs with no pain. Really short runs. Like 600 meters. We can now begin the Comeback Watch!
My comeback to running is going to be a slow process. I’ll need to feel out my foot as I go, being careful never to take a step too far and set myself back to limping and walking with pain. I’ll need to take it slower than slow and let my tendon continue to toughen up.[What happened to my foot? Read about that here.]
On January 1st, I walked/jogged for a total of .27 miles and my foot felt fine. It doesn’t feel normal, but there was no pain or discomfort. It’s hard to explain, but it still feels different than the right foot and I’m beginning to think that …this is just the new normal for my left foot.
On the 3rd I did a CrossFit workout and there was 600 meters worth of running in the warm up. So I ran it, nice and easy. Again, no problems.
On Sunday, I stood to play keyboard for church (a near 6 hour commitment of intermittent standing and sitting) and my foot wasn’t happy about that. I wore bad shoes (flats with no support) and my foot was definitely sore and tender. From standing for too long. UGH!
After resting my foot Monday, I went out for another little walk/jog today.
I was hoping it might be a 1/2 mile day. However, I didn’t take time to warm up my foot. I walked for a brief amount of time and then started running around a 9 minute pace. I got maybe 200 meters or so before I could tell my foot wasn’t up for it. So I walked again for a bit and then turned around and tried jogging back.
I’m fully aware that returning to running after injury is a lot less fun and adventurous than training for and running big races, especially when you consider how slow my rate of return is going to be. I’m hopeful that I’ll be running a half mile a day by the end of January. Not very thrilling stuff. I desperately wish I could be writing about the latest trail run adventure I had. Instead, I’m going back to my 2012 archives and re-reading those stories!
I’ll consider myself lucky if I’m able to run one marathon by the end of this year. Truthfully, I’d be happy with a half. I still have a date with that sub 2 half, but I must be patient. Very patient.
As Run This Year 2014 has gotten off to a big start, I think about whether or not I should set a mileage goal for myself. I like to imagine that I can start hitting 15 mile weeks by March and catch up to 800 or so total miles by the end of the year. Part of me feels that is super conservative and doable, and the other part of me doesn’t want to tempt myself into thinking I can “make” that happen.
Quite simply, my run goal right now is to be able to do 3 to 5 miles with no pain. If I can accomplish that, then I’d want to do a half marathon. We shall see.