Oh I haven't been blogging about running, mostly because I didn't have much to talk about. I ran the 4 miler ont he fourth of July and since then I have been slacking off incredibly. I had a hard time when I moved, and I now realize that since I will be traveling every three months it's going to be important to put myself on a more strict schedule especially during move weeks. If I was moving say once a year it would be less of a big deal.
Because I am not living in a place with a backyard, exersise for the dog is imperative….
SO I have been taking him along running with mixed results. He likes to run and easily adjusts to my speed. He has finally pretty much stopped the stopping stock still and allowing me to run into him. He distracts me because I have to pay attention to him as well as all the other running stuff that one pays attention to (stride, footfall, breathing…obstacles in the road.) On the other hand, he sometimes veers dramatically and rapidly off course to pick up a rock, which is very annoying and if I am not paying attention I run the risk of being pulled down.
Despite my poor showing for the past 3 months with running, I had an amazing day today. I decided the cold/flu or whatever has really run its course so I was going to run. I took teulu down the RR tracks, which has an advantage of being essentially flat (To be fair I did start the run on a significant hill as I always do, but I figured flat for recovery wouldn't be too bad.) and it is soft. In some places the sand on the sides of the track was not packed well and I was bogged down, but overall it was a good run.
About 1.5 miles into it I had an amazing discovery! My left leg did not hurt for the entire run!!!!!!!!!!!! I was having a difficult time with breathing since I had been sick so i didn't note it right away. My left leg has hurt since about May 2006, sooooooo this was waaaay cool. I have been running with the pain primarily because the last MRI showed that my stress fracture was healed and showed no other damage. I think it was not the achilles, but some other minor tendon. About 5 years ago I got a severe case of tendonitis in my right leg and it did take about 6 months of not running at all to heal it…
So, here's hoping I don't get the pain back with a vengance. I feel the slightest twinge, a few hours later, but it isn't like it used to be. Perhaps giving up running for my cold helped my leg heal. It's a strange sensation to be able to strike the ground without pain.
My big goal now is to get 5K ready again, and then do a few ten K's I keep thinking about a Half Marathon and a full, but I am not training with proper intensity for either, soooooooo we'll see how the next few weeks come along, especially if I get a contract out west….the high altitude is going to just kick my tushie!