Its been 8 weeks since my injury. I’ve not ran a step in 52 days. Yet this morning I ran 6 of 30 minutes. And it was glorious.
I’m determined to be smart about my running the rest of this summer. I really don’t want to have to deal with a never-going-to-get-better heel. What does ‘smart’ look like? Well, for starters, I did not register for the Denver R-n-R 1/2 marathon. I’ve been looking forward to running so much that it was really really hard not hitting that register button. Maybe maybe I’ll be ready to run 13.1 come race day, but its too soon to tell.
Being smart also means easing back into running. Hence, the 6 minutes this morning. This week I’m running 1 minute then walking 4. I did the 1:4 six times this morning, covering 2ish miles in 30ish minutes. Next week I’ll do a 2:3, the week after a 3:2 and slowly increase my run intervals if I’m feeling good. The goal is to run continuously for 3 miles/30 minutes. After that, I’ll assess the next step.
All the technical pieces aside, this morning was perfect. My work week morning runs usually follow the same route down and then back up the length of the 7th Avenue Parkway – sometimes I’ll do a lap around Cheesman Park. I’m sure that others would get bored running the same route day after day, but not me. At least not yet. The parkway is just so pretty. And now, its all green. The trees are full of leaves and the flowers are fresh and colorful. At 6 am, the road sees more dog-walkers, runners and cyclists than cars.
7Th Ave, I’ve missed you