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.
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.