Um... yeah you KNOW you would!
I've run 3 times for a grand total of 27.68 miles since I was given the OK to run by the doctor (coincidentally, the same time I opened the envelope - is that fate or what?!) - and how did the heel hold up, you ask??
Monday: 10.5 miles on the treadmill (at a whopping speedy pace 5 seconds faster than last week's crawl) and .... drum roll....NO excruciating heel pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (perfect time to use multiple exclamation points!) I had hoped to do about 12 but the heel started to whisper and it had enough so I listed and popped off immediately!
Tuesday: Woke up and I could WALK. I mean, I could walk without stumbling the first 20 steps in pain and stiffness. More than the run on Monday, I found this feat crazy blissful!
Wednesday: 10.18 miles on the trails at the state park near my house....and again, NO HEEL PAIN!!! (but I wore some new trail shoes and ended up with some pretty nasty blisters on my bum heel foot - owwwwie - more on this later).
|A gorgeous late afternoon on the trails!|
|Ran into this guy a few miles into the run|
|The Creek was flowing fast - and cold!|
Thursday: 7 miles, 4 of them 400 intervals on my treadmill. I had a little ordeal with the excessive athletic tape the trainer at school put on my foot (if there is a sudden shortage of athletic tape on the shelves near you, I apologize - it's currently on my foot!), along with the previous day's blisters so after dinking around with tape and scissors and Bandaids and popping blisters and antibiotic ointment and jelly pads the trainer gave me - I eventually had a very successful run. YAY!!!
|And what was in the envelope? That'd be one MattyRunRun sticker, of course|
Thanks, Matty, for the sticker and the hocus pocus magical spell you put on the envelope that will make all my runs from here on out awesome!! And thanks to ALL ya all for encouraging comments from my visit with the doctor post a few days ago - you guys are incredible spirit pick-er-up-ers! Your words and encouragement have been truly the reason I've never given up - thank you! So far, the heel's been happy....but a long run over the weekend will be the big test. But how I can fail, it's all awesomeness from here on out; the proof's in the envelope, the seal's been broken.
And to those lucky souls getting the Fitness Edge Sports Drink:
Thanks guys - can't wait to hear how you like the stuff. I'm going to see if I can't get samples out to lots more of you here soon, too.
A HUGE shout-out to Jessica, an amazing runner I've had the honor of helping train for the past many months - she'll be running her first marathon this weekend in Houston and I am just so incredibly excited for her! I will not wish her luck as luck is for the ill-trained and she has been training so hard and knocking out every one of the crazy 23 weeks we've worked together. Go get 'em Jessica! And best of everything happy for Jamoosh and Emz running their marathons this weekend, too! And can't forget Matty's Houston half. Run strong!!!