Well, I’m back, sort of. This morning marked the first morning that I got out of bed, laced up my shoes, and jogged along the Potomac River in over a year.
I have officially reached the return to running on the road phase of my recovery.
At the moment, I am running in three bursts of 9-minute intervals, with 1-minute walk breaks between them. Today, I logged 3.68 miles in that 30-minute span.
It’s both astounding and somewhat saddening to know that an entire year of training has been lost to this talus injury. Even still, I have roughly just under another year to go before I can reasonably start training for the middle and long distances.
None of this has been easy. In fact, I was quite amazed at how challenging this morning’s run was, given that I’ve been running this duration of time on a track for a few weeks. The small contours in the land combined with the much less springy sidewalk surface really did hammer home some fatigue.
Regardless, this was a good day, and I was happy with it. My pacing seems fine, so maybe this isn’t over just yet.
–July 22, 2019