It has been forever since I wrote about running.
It has been several months since I have actually been running.
In February I started to jog/walk a bit. My left achilles still hurts and is very tight, but essentially unless i have a surgery this will be the way it is.
I did add some heel lifts into my running shoes and this seemed to help a bit.
Lifts in general are not really good for the feet, as they can cause tendon shortening and such. After my first use I decided that they improved things for me so much that this was a minor detail. The fact is that my left tendon is already considerably shorter than it was, so I don't think I am doing any extra damage.
I have started out really slowly…
running about a quarter of a mile and then walking and then running again.
It has not been so easy.
I have really lost a ton of fitness.
But it has been more fun than I expected. Because I have been going so slowly, I take the dog with me and he of course is exhausted after, making my entire day easier.
Now, toward the end of the month, I am finding that the dog is not really keeping up well with me on the two mile run/walks. He does well for the first mile, but for the second mile, I am tugging a bit on the leash and have to use a lot of breath to encourage him. As a retriever, he is really more programmed to have short bursts of speed…not ongoing trotting. But I do think he is somewhat out of condition himself!!!
I knew I missed the running and the movement etc…but I had forgotten one other thing I love about running.
This morning I ran by another runner and he broke out into a big smile and said good morning…I replied in the same manner. It is like being part of a big secret club….in this one thing we understand each other perfectly. For some reason, swimmers where I swim rarely greet strangers….so I do think runners are the more friendly of the bunch.
So I'm thinking that running really can make a person happy.
I dont have any specific training plans at this time. But I am happy to be moving…..