My legs felt like lead; my breathing was laboured; I felt like a slug.
Man is it nice to be running again!
If you've been following along, I re-injured my right foot back in the winter. I knew the drill: Walking cast on for 6 weeks before easing back into running. This time I didn't go swimming or even attempt to maintain any aerobic activity. It was a cold, snowy winter and the thought of heading out at 5:30 am to go swimming just didn't appeal to me. I did a lot of pushups and squats though so all was not lost. But it was a struggle this past weekend when I went out for my first post-injury run.
I did a combination of walking and running with an emphasis on walking for my first time out. And for the first actual 'running' I chose the softer more forgiving surface of the clay track at the local high school. And I didn't push it...only did a couple of laps actually running. I couldn't have done more given the ragged breathing. Fortunately though after a day of rest my second outing was more comfortable. Monday morning after another day of rest was a 3 1/2 mile continuous run and only then did I start to feel really comfortable again. I still felt like a slug but my breathing was much more comfortable.
All this is a prelude to my running goal this weekend: Running in the Sporting Life 10K on Mother's Day. I know, I know I have to take it easy and mentally I am prepared to walk if I have to. I won't be trying for a Personal Best but hoping to come in under 1 hour. Yes, the competitive juices are still alive and well. That's the Finisher Medal I'm looking forward to getting this Sunday. Plus I'll be using the MapMyRun App on my Samsung Galaxy Smartphone...can't get any more hi-tech than that :).
It is nice to be running again. The real goal now is to stay healthy, loose a few pounds and not break any more bones.
Until next time...