Back on (the) Track; Pun Intended
Friday, July 30, 2010
I tried, but I couldn't wait to August 1 to test out the broken toe on a short run. It's been more than 5 weeks. X-rays confirmed that it is broken (I waited 4 weeks before having it x-rayed) and beginning to heal.
I was walking the dog last night and I had a powerful urge to start running. I thought it would pass by, but it kept getting stronger. I tried to talk myself into waiting just a few more days, but I finally gave in.
A fellow runner advised me not to worry about getting back into running. He promised that my muscles would still have the memory of running and it wouldn't be much effort to advance my mileage. And I think he's right--my legs felt great. Each lap, without effort, became faster. I finished the mile in 9:39--way faster than I had anticipated. My lungs, however, don't have such a great memory. I was doing a lot of heavy breathing.
This weekend I'll do some biking and maybe just another mile or two run around the track. It feels good to be running again.