Just jumping online to give you all a quick update. My first run back, after 8 whole weeks of no running was on Monday. The run was entirely pain-free. A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders because while I was incredibly excited to get back at it there was some anxiety about it as well. What if I hurt? What if the pain came back just as intense? Would I have the patience to take four more weeks off? Luckily those fears were subsided and I woke up the following day feeling wonderful. That was telling because before I could sometimes run but the following day my entire hip was inflamed; meaning I obviously wasn’t healed yet.
Both runs were short; in the 25-38 minute range and today I will cross train instead of run. The cross training plan Coach Hadley and I had seemed to work because my running “easy” pace is exactly what it was before I took time off. I wore my Garmin for both runs to get an idea but did not glance at it more than once or twice. The most important thing for the next few weeks is to run by feel and not push too hard. Endurance has been lost but with no near marathon plans I have the time to relax and not force anything.
My future plans? If all goes well I will run a Fall marathon. It’s too early for me to commit to anything but I do have a few possible races in my mind. Choosing ONE race is difficult though. I love larger races and it would be nice if it was flat-ish. I’ve run nothing but hilly marathons the last two years and while they are fun, it might be nice to try something different. Anyone want to share what Fall marathon they are planning on?
I want to thank everyone for all the kind words, messages, texts, etc. I appreciate them more than you know. Sending love to all my Boston Marathoners next Monday. A year later I am still grateful that my friends and I were safe that day and heartbroken for those who were not as fortunate. The Boston Marathon has always been a special place but now that experience will be even more incredible so enjoy every mile of it. I’ll be tracking many of you and sending lots of speedy vibes.