A Simple Running Log

May 20, 2011

Training for 5/20/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:49 pm

A year ago today, I was released from physical therapy and cleared to finally run again. Looking back on my training log posts from about the month following that is painful, haha. The weather had gotten hot early and I had lost a lot of running fitness due to my time off, making for a long, often discouraging comeback. My favorite post is one from late last May, when I’m moping about how hard it was to run my 4.5-mile loop that morning — I had to stop to walk three times. And I was just trying to keep an easy pace the whole time.

A year later, I went out this morning and easily ticked off 5.5 miles at a 7:34/mile clip. I was shocked how much I didn’t feel like dying, given yesterday’s crappy tempo run and the fact the sun was out today. I even backed off considerably over the final half-mile or so to do a cooldown, and I still came in a minute under where I should have at the end of the run, had I managed to keep to a 7:45/mile pace as I intended, as it was supposed to be my last pace run.

I then did a push-ups workout, some invisible chair-sitting and some stretching and foam rolling.

I’m pretty proud of what I’ve accomplished in the past year. I worked my butt off all summer to get back to where I was before the injury, and I’ve worked since then to just keep getting stronger. As much as I hated that injury, it showed me how much I liked running just for the running, which I believe is why I’ve never had a hard time getting over a bad training run or disappointing race. At least I’m out there! And as today proved, there’s always a better day to run right around the corner.

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