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Day 33 Rt 66 Challenge: A Week off Presents a Surprise

Friday, November 08, 2013

After a routine 4 mile run about a week and a half ago, I started having pain in my right shin. I stretched, iced and rested it for the last week and a half until I was able to go a couple days pain free. That was probably a little long but I wanted to make sure it was better before I ran on it again.

After reviewing my running log, I realized that my shoes had over 300 miles on them so I was pretty positive that they were the cause. So Wednesday evening when I decided that I would go for a run on Thursday morning, I pulled out my new shoes that have been waiting patiently in my closet and put them with my running gear for the morning. When my alarm went off Thursday morning, I dressed and was out the door. I had already decided that I was going to just do 2 miles and to keep it at a slow comfortable pace so I could “test the waters.”

It felt really good to be back out running (I was going a little stir crazy without my running). I kept to the comfortable pace and constantly assessed how my leg was feeling. My leg felt fine during the run and after and is still doing great today!

While I was logging my run, I discovered that my easy, comfortable pace is around 11:45 minutes/mile! I was a little bit surprised by this because I was so used to 12:30 or more being my pace. It just goes to show that all this hard work that I have been putting in is helping and I am improving.
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