Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What layoff?!

Today's Run: Linear Trail: 45 degrees. 3 miles; Splits: 9:05; 8:47; 8:50; 26:42;
8:54 per mile average pace. (Thank-you (Garmin) Rachael for keeping my stats)

Welcome to my newest stalker/follower "Thomas."

As I sit here icing my previously injured area (Talk about blue ones), I'm happier than happy. After a 29 day layoff from running, I toughed out a 3 miler and ran a heck of a lot quicker and easier than I expected to. It was an expect the worst and hope for the best run. I was expecting to feel sluggish (only the last mile), some slight pain (nope), and 9:30 to 10 minute per mile pace (nope again). I wasn't going to push myself, and I didn't push myself. I just wanted to have a nice, comfortable, feet and groin don't fail me run. I did. The last mile wasn't as easy as I would have liked, but my stubbornness prevailed and I finished well. Overall, I averaged an 8:54 per mile pace. My per mile pace hasn't suffered on the short runs. It will be interesting to see how well my body handles the increase in mileage the next 18 days. "Only" ten more miles needed per run, and I'll be at half marathon distance. Only 18 days to accomplish this. I'm guessing the hare will soon be running like the tortoise. That's alright, since my only goals for the New York City Half Marathon are to finish injury free and with a smile on my face. By the way, I've learned my lesson. I stretched before and after my run. Now I'll just need an occasional friendly reminder from all of you to keep doing that. Thanks to Lisa, Lindsay, and EZEthan for already nagging/reminding me to stretch.

16 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Rick,
Good job on your first run since getting the okay to get back in the goove:) You had an awesome pace too!! Woo hoo!!

Jill said...

Welcome back, Rick!!! Yahooooo!! BTW, don't forget to stretch before you run. Just sayin... :)

Carlee said...

yes! so excited for you

Beth said...

Wow, that's great!! Keep on truckin :)

Whitney said...

Nice! Glad there wasn't pain and that you were faster than you planned!

lindsay said...

so... a full month off from running and you bounce right back to your regular pace?!?

nemo prescribing you special pills? hmmmmmm????

glad to hear you are behaving (stretching).

Lisa said...

Yay! So happy for you. See that wasn't so bad now was it :)

Karen said...

Woo hoo! So happy to hear it...

Anais said...

Hmmm... I think I'll heed the nagging and stretch a bit more myself... :P

Glad the run went great! Makes me feel like going on a run ;)

Meg said...

I can just picture you running with a HUGE grin on your face, WELCOME back and YES, keep stretching! By the way, are you still visiting H Lindsay and Add Dave or are you done? I'll miss the updates...maybe you could make up some funny stories just to keep us totally amused.

Sherri said...

Awesome!
The best part about an injury is the day you get to come back to running! =)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

YAY!!!! Happy to be home, catching up on a few of my favorite bloggers to see you're running!!! AWESOME!

Steel Springs said...

Awesome! That sounds like an amazing run.

ajh said...

I have a hard time always stretching too but with some recent "slight" injuries I am doing better. Good luck at the half.

Tricia said...

How exciting! I'm so happy for you!

I got released out of the air cast (aka "the boot") yesterday and now I'm heading into 4 weeks of PT.

Have a great weekend!

AppleC said...

Good come back run. We run to be healthy and DARN IT! - look what happens.