The road back so far…

road The road back so far...

The long road back

I’m starting off week four of my  return to running. I can tell you it’s been a joyful road so far and has gone maybe even better than expected.

So far I’ve been sticking to just three runs a week, supplemented with cycling, swimming, and weight/balance training. I want to make a concerted effort to get at least one day of yoga in there starting this week too (because the holidays are a great time to add something extra in, right?). My longest run so far has been an hour; I’m not paying attention to pace by design, so not quite sure on the mileage. This week, however, I’m going to hold that “long” run at status quo and add in a fourth day of running.

I’m finding that I’m starting to feel somewhat efficient again, although I know I have a long way to go. Form? I’m consistently a mid-foot striker now, which is a good thing. My calf muscles have just about adjusted to this too. The great thing I find with mid-foot landing is that my hamstrings, which used to be tighter than tight, are so much looser than in my heel striking days. I know my form still needs more work, but I love that overextending heel striking is a thing of the past.

The first couple of weeks back, even with my low mileage, were quite a shock to the system. Hungry like a 300-lb. man? That was me. Ready for bed at 8:00? Yes, that too. But this past week things seemed to level out again, like my body is remembering how to do this whole training thing.

Finally, the feet. The right one has been nothing less than perfect. The left one still gives me the occasional echo of pain, but it never gets all that bad and never lasts long, so I am feeling pretty good about that too.

More than anything, I am just SO excited to be back out there. To take in the sun rising, hear the birds singing, see the occasional deer, and share time on the road with my friends. Really, does it get any better? You know the answer.

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  1. It’s quite funning I like the road back, and setting reachable goals and moving on. I love watching myself improve.

    Enjoy your come back one week at a time.
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  2. The first line itself is just awesome! I don’t know about you, but the first weeks back not only include hunger (omg!), being tired earlier than grandpa, but more enjoyment of just the SIMPLE act of the run. Beautiful:)

  3. Rene' Whiteley says:

    i am just back this week after 6 weeks off and I have been eating like a 300 pound man. The sad thing is that 5 miles is the farthest that I have run:) So excited that you are back. Boston is right around the corner.

  4. The simple things often provide the most enjoyment. Long live the run!
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  5. How exciting! You have been working at this for so long and now can reap the benefits, keep up the good work and take it slow. Personally I love how you are not even paying attention to pace, I think that lets you concentrate on running correct and feeling good. Cheers!
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  6. So glad you are out there again and doing so well! Yay! I hope those feet keep feeling great and not that I need to tell you this, but enjoy every minute of being out there running again!!
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  7. This is so wonderful! I really admire how balanced your approach to your running comeback has been. I hope the right foot keeps feeling perfect and that the left foot joins it soon!
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  8. Hungry like a 300lb man. HA! That’s how I felt when I started marathon training. Ridiculous.

    I’m so glad you’re back at it and it’s working for you!!
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  9. Very exciting that your return is going well…I so understand that tired at 8 PM and completely ravenous thing.
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  11. No it does not get any better, and so happy for you.

    I am hoping to follow in your footsteps with a mid foot strike…I know it will take time and want to talk to you more about it.

    Congrats on being back.
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  12. I’m so glad you’re back….and more than that you’re loving it! Congrats on Fitfluential!!
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  13. Yay! I ran a 10k the other day, and I was sore the next day, still easing back into it, but it was a good sore : )
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  14. so glad you are back at it!! I think a little time off allows us to come back loving it even more
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  15. Yay for week number four!!! It feels so good to get back at it after a nice long break! I need to learn how to become a mid foot striker! I am a total heel striker. No bueno.
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  16. Im trying to find that road this week…
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  17. I’m so excited that you are coming back. Keep it steady and strong!
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  18. So glad to read that running is treating you well again. Sounds like you’ve got a great plan worked out. I’m getting serious about cross-training now as well. Joined a gym with a pool, and got sized this weekend for a possible road-bike purchase. If only my wallet matched my intentions – jumping into cycling is kinda pricey.
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  19. There is nothing like that feeling of running in the morning or evening and having the world all to yourself. Enjoy the process back. It’ll be like learning to love running all over again!
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  20. I am so thrilled for you that things are going well. Your patience & determination paid off! Wishing you continued success in your R2R. :)
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  21. Sooo happy for you!!! I know exactly how you feel. I’m hoping you keep on going, pain free!!!!!!
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  22. Fill me in on this whole calf feeling…..I had a point in my calf that my chiro has worked out for me but I’m wondering if this is because of the heel striking. I am running in minimalist shoes but probably not mid-foot striking the way that I should.

    Congrats on getting back into routine as well. That is such great news and I’m so very happy for you.
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  23. Long run or not, it’s great you have the opportunity to BE back!
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  24. So nice that you are BACK!! It was a long road for you to get back to running. Sounds like things are finally coming together!!
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  25. I am so happy that your getting back to what you love
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  26. Week FOUR. And how great that it’s been a “joyful road” and much better than you’d expected. Keep up the positive attitude!
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  27. So glad you’re at week 4 and things are only looking up! Such a refreshing positive attitude!
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  28. I’m so glad to hear that your return is going smoothly!!
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  29. so happy for you! I can’t wait to get back on the road as well!
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  30. This post makes me smile SO BIG. I am so happy for you! You are doing awesome, and no, it doesn’t get any better than being able to do what you love. Yay!!!
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  31. Sounds like you’re making good progress. Keep it up. Glad you got to enjoy the nice weather we had in NEO over the holiday. Cheers!

  32. I bet it does feel so amazing to be back to running! So happy for you that it is going so well!
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  33. Yay for being back to running – not many things that are better!! So so so happy for you!!
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  34. No it really doesn’t get any better than that. It’s so good that you and running have gotten back together again.
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  35. Yay, yay, yay!! I’m so excited for you!!
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  36. So happy for you! 3 wks of PT and hopefully I’ll do the same:)
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  37. I’m so happy to read this! It sounds like you’re coming back beautifully so far. Yay for the mid-foot strike!
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  38. Congrats on the road back, keep enjoying it!
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  39. Good for you..!!
    tired aat 8pm…hek I am tired now and it is 3:54pm!!!
    in need of a coffe for homework HELL!!!
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  40. So happy to hear you’re running pain free, enjoying it, and focusing on what’s important: making your way back slowly without obsessing over time or distance. You know it will come.
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  41. Thanks for the update Amanda. Was thinking about you on my run yesterday and wondering how you were doing! Am very happy to hear about your most excellent progress!
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  42. I”m smiling as I read this. So glad you are back out there!

  43. Thanks for stopping by my blog! So sorry to hear about your mom and brother-in-law! Glad to hear at least the running is treating you well!
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  44. Nice job coming back. It was just a year ago I was starting from scratch and it was strangely the best thing to ever happen to me. Just keep doing your thing.
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  45. Very encouraging indeed. Thank you so much for sharing this, and I am happy to know that things are working out for you. You will be back into top shape soon I am sure. had an episode a while back about having to not run for a while due to illness or injury (child birth) and one thing you don’t forget is how to run, and a lot of times, your running is often improved. Take care. See ya on the road!
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  46. So happy that you are back out there! :)

  47. so happy to hear it’s going well, that must make you so happy!! i’m a heel striker, too. need to look into changing that. maybe during the off season when i’m running less i can put more focus on it.
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  48. Glad you are back!
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