Yes, I know I said I wouldn't run until after I saw the doc on Tuesday. Yes, I know I took a silly, unnecessary risk, but I couldn't help it!! My original plan was to take 2-3 weeks off and slowly ease back into running. Today was exactly 3 weeks since Black Sunday. I'd been feeling great for over a week, so I just DID IT!
I did it smartly though. I hopped on the treadmill and walked first, slowly picking up the pace until I was walking very briskly. I did this for one mile - just under 15 minutes. Then I stopped, carefully stretched my calves, achilles and shins for a few minutes before setting the treadmill for a nice, easy 9:15 min/mile pace and running a little less than 3 miles - PAIN FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, not exactly totally pain free. Pain free in my heel, but I struggled with a side stitch the entire time! Side stitches are my nemesis. As I've put in more miles, I experience them less and less, but they still come back to haunt me sometimes. I sure hope I'm not starting from scratch on the side stitch front. I have learned to keep the pain at bay somewhat by slowly but forcefully exhaling - that almost always does the trick - except today, of course. Grrrrr....
Get this... about a mile into the run, my finger just barely brushed the side of the mill and I got a mild electric shock. No big deal - this happens all the time when I run on the treadmill in the winter. However, this one time, this little shock shut down the damn machine! The screen went blank suddenly and I thought to myself, "oh crap, here it comes," and sure enough, the next second it pitched me forward and I just stopped myself from falling. Grrrrr... My first day back!! Evil machine.
After my exultant run, which made me so emotional that I almost cried right there on the treadmill, I hopped on the bike to get another 20 minutes of cardio in. Then I did some lower body strength training. I refueled after my workout at my husband's restaurant which is literally in the back of the gym's parking lot! Ham and turkey sub with cheese and lots of mayo. Mmmm...