Today was the day that I have been waiting for! The day that I can run after my injury…damn you peroneal tendon! The morning did not turn out the way I wanted to since Gavin had a rough night. The plan was to go run 2 refreshing interval miles with my girls and then enjoy some coffee at the Brit Café…instead, I ended up on my treadmill in an empty room. Ah well, I got to run and that was all that mattered to me!! I was able to reunite two old friends of mine…my treadmill with my Nike Free Runs. Since the injury I am going to SLOWLY use my vibrams and incorporate them into my training little by little…until then, Nike Frees it is!
I started with a 4 minute warm-up and then split my run into 3:1 intervals. I ran the first interval at 5.3mph and then each interval I sped up. I made it up to 6.6mph, which is very fast for me. I was sure to make the most of this H.I.I.T Run since I need to get endurance and speed back after these 20 days of no running. I felt a bit gassed, but I always fall quickly if I take breaks/time without running. I felt myself feeling tired more quickly than I normally would have. What was my solution when I wanted to even stop during one of my teeny 3 min intervals??? I sped up and repeated “Soft feet, strong legs” in my head!
Even though I had some speedy intervals, I only ended up with an average 12:28mile…that is the 1 minute walking coming into play…Next time I am going to do 1.5 miles with no intervals, and then 2 miles with no intervals. I am going to work on distance before I really worry too much about speed. Speed will come with more cross-training and strength. In the meantime, I am going to enjoy every minute of my training and be so thankful for it!!! Whew, I am so relieved I am running again!!
Being able to run again isn’t the only thing I am thankful for….but, more on that tomorrow!!