I never thought I would smile while running, but I guess people can change. I ran on Saturday for the first time in over a week. While I have been injured and unable run, I have encouraged my husband to keep on running without me. Even though I was jealous, I am immensely proud of him. He graduated from our program of 4 minutes running / 1 minute walking for 6 intervals to a workout of 6 minutes running / 4 minutes walking for 4 intervals.
We had been talking about what to do next once we have finished our current program. My husband, who has to my surprise gotten into running more than I ever expected, found a weekly program at Breaking Muscle for beginners that trains you to eventually run a full hour.
Week 4 of the program is run 4 minutes followed by 1 minute of walking for 6 intervals (where we were when I got injured) so we can pick it up quite easily. However, it scares me a little to increase our running time from 4 to 6 minutes at one go. It seems like a lot, but my husband said it wasn’t that bad.
For the first post-injury run I decided I would try the new program and try to keep up with my hubby, but would stop if I had pain or discomfort. In fact, if I could run for 5 minutes I’d have been happy. Surprisingly, I did the whole workout and it wasn’t even that hard, except for the last interval where I had to push myself a little bit. I think resting a week really helped and despite my fear of losing what I’ve built up in running endurance it was all for nothing. Even better, my feet felt great – no pain.
I took Sunday off so I didn’t push myself too much and ran again tonight, which was also incredibly reassuring since it was easier than Saturday’s run. I am still using the ball to massage the bottom of my feet, doing calf stretches, and icing them after running.