So... coming back to running after a year and a half hiatus has been all about the baby steps. I've only been doing one or sometimes two 20 minute interval runs per week and maybe one other short run. I'm trying to keep in the front of my mind that the end result I want is to be able to run pain free again. The other result I'm looking for is a good race at Pac Crest this year. Anything besides that in the running department is just not important. So I'm taking baby steps with the actual running, but I'm making huge leaps by sticking to my stretching and I'm almost convinced, most importantly, that the shoes I'm wearing are where it's at. I have given up flip flops. The main reason I was wearing them so much was because my achilles hurt so bad that they seemed my best choice - a shoe with nothing rubbing the achilles - but I think they were exacerbating the problem (which is probably why I was told by both the doctor and the PT to not wear them).
I am still occasionally wearing my asics that I cut the backs off of..
I'm super proud of my 20 minute interval run today. I felt strong and somewhat pain free and I've added .24 miles to my 20 minutes since I started. I'm still only at 2.08 mi in 20 minutes. When I was at my fastest, I was hitting 2.5 miles in 20 minutes of HIIT, so I've got some work to do. If I could dream a bit it would be to get back to easy 9m/m and then I'll start a new running dream.
So I got my run done, hair washed (I do it at least once a week whether it needs it or not ;-)
and actually flat ironed it, which I'm now regretting because I looked out the window and the weather looks perfect for a bike ride...but I'm meeting SIL and MIL for Christmas Shopping and Happy Hour later so I musn't mess up the do, 'cause it's not getting re-done!
Have you turned in to that woman you swore you wouldn't? You know...when you were 16 and saw moms running around town in wrinkled khakis, no make up and hair in a scrunchy and you couldn't understand how they could leave the house that way? I've been here for some time...