Up and Running

Thursday was a momentous day. I was finally allowed, after 10 weeks, to tie on my new running shoes, head to the local high school track, and run—on my own two feet, for 10 minutes.

My friend Danielle picked me up at 6:30 am and we headed over to Roosevelt High School. It was one of the nicest mornings we’ve had in Seattle in a long time, but I would have been excited to run through any weather.

Doctor-ordered new running shoes. So far, so good.

For some reason, my Garmin watch was dead so Danielle and I approximated the time byrunning 5 laps around the track. It felt good. Even with my new ‘beefier’ shoes, I felt so light and free. I probably could have ran all day.

I’m glad I didn’t though. I woke up the next morning at Ironman CDA training camp and my calves ached. Ten minutes of running made my calves feel like they’d done a half marathon. Yikes. But! More important, was the fact that my foot DIDN’T hurt!

I successfully completed a 20-minute run and a 10-minute brick run before training camp was over. My calves continued to ache, but my feet felt great and I’m gaining confidence that I’m going to be able to put together a great race in June. I’m trying to remain patient though; I do not want to revisit my air-cast boot.

And if you are wondering, no, I am not done aquajogging—yet.

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6 Responses to Up and Running

  1. Fantastic! So pleased to hear this – the time I had a stress fracture and was off running for three months was actually one of the worst times I’ve had in my whole life, and I am truly in sympathy. Definitely keep up the water-running, use pain as sign to back off – but this is great news!

  2. p.s. I’ve been running in Mizunos ever since a doctor recommended them after another (different!) injury – I think they are the best shoes out there!

    • carlsincharge says:

      Good to hear! When I first tried them on, they felt very different and I couldn’t tell if it was going to be a good-different or a bad-different. I don’t think you can really tell in a 2-mile run, but I’m sure I’ll be able to know soon. My podiatrist only gave me one other option (an Asics model) so I really hope they work out.

      • Which Mizunos are you using? I’ve experimented, but the best ones for me are the Wave Inspire – the Elixir is a great shoe, but not enough support for me – and then the next model over is TOO much stability. The trail running shoe is good too. I was running in Asics Gel Kayano before that, they are similar to the Wave Inspire but definitely heavier…

      • carlsincharge says:

        I actually supinate versus pronate so I need a neutral shoe with cushion. I purchased the Mizuno Wave Creations. I’m pretty happy that they came in a color that matches my triathlon kit.

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