After about three months completely void of running, I'm back! On Saturday, I laced up the brand new pair of Asics GT-2000 I had ordered way back in March to transition back into, and I got ready for my run.
I felt two things as I was going through this process. First of all, I was incredibly nervous. I was just doing two miles (which I know is a lot for many people, but after the mileage I had been keeping didn't feel like as much to me), but I felt like I was heading out on a twenty miler. I was nervous that my foot was going to hurt, as I'd been having tingles and twinges in my heel at different times. There had never been pains, but I guess when your bone is growing back you feel random things sometimes. I was also nervous about how my time of from running had impacted my running fitness. I had worked so hard after coming back from six weeks off for surgery in August that I was nervous it would be equally as hard, even though I've been remaining very athletic during that time period.
In addition to the feeling of nervousness, I also felt excitement! I was finally going to be back to running! Running is what got me living a fit lifestyle in the first place, and going through the week without it felt odd. I was also excited to remember that getting ready for a run takes a lot less time and gear than cycling. I strapped on my Garmin and shoes and ran out the door. There were no bottles to fill or tires to pump air into or helmet to locate.
I walked for a few minutes to make sure I was ready. And then, when I reached the point I had determined, I started running! And the heavens didn't open up and the bikers that passed me didn't know I hadn't run in three months; it was just the same as it has always been. And it was perfect!
Yes, it was hot, but I didn't mind it.
I started out a little faster than I had planned.
I forced myself to remain over 10 minute miles to make sure I didn't do any damage.
That's why I wore my Garmin.
Muscles that I hadn't used in a while woke up.
I turned and headed back for home.
It got a little harder the last half mile.
I no longer had to hold back to be over 10 minute miles. That's just where I was.
And then the Garmin dinged two miles and I walked again.
I had done it!
I was worried I'd be sore or have pain afterwards, but I didn't. I'm still going to be careful going forward and slowly build mileage back, but this gateway get back into it run felt perfect. I literally don't think it could have gone better.
And that's where I am! I'm starting a training plan this week or next for my next goal race in October. I'll tell you about that this week. My next marathon will be Jacksonville Bank. And I'll run a couple more times this week!