My approach to healing has been tentative and I have been wary to try running great distances again after fracturing both tibia this spring.
On Thursday, Aug. 11, I ran my first 10K in three months. I was impressed at how much fitness my body actually retained in terms of not needing to stop because of shortness of breath.
Of course, I did not run as fast as I once did. I kept worrying about phantom pains and hoping I wasn’t hurting my legs.
In the end, my Garmin Forerunner 305 clocked me at an average pace of 8 minutes and 51 seconds per mile. Not bad, but comparatively, in March, two months into my marathon training, dramatically slower. I ran a 10K with a running chip that tracked my time at a 7 minute 36 second pace, or about 47 minutes then.
I am building back up though. I used the foam roller to start brutalized muscle again, and am considering yoga to stretch those muscles, make them more pliable, and increase balance when I run in an attempt to prevent a repeat of injury.
I am also tentatively planning running the Cincinnati Half Marathon again this October. It was my first half last year and may do something to mark my “triumphant” return to running. I think I can handle that distance.
Below is the latest runs recorded on my Garmin, and yes, I am picking up the frequency of my runs.