The past couple weeks I’ve been able to dramatically increase my mileage. I almost feel like I’m back to normal with regards to running. The best part is that I’ve had absolutely no sign of compartment syndrome since getting back on my feet. At times, I still feel like I’m a pinch slower and struggling with endurance a little, but I keep reminding myself that’s expected at this point. Five weeks of no running is nothing to be shrugged off. Mentally, however, I feel rejuvenated and ready to really challenge myself again. That time off may have been the perfect tool to renew my motivation. I do still find myself sore from the surgery and am still unable to do plenty of other things. But everything is coming full circle pretty quickly.
The Pensacola Marathon looms overhead, about 7 weeks away, and I decided I am going through with it and running it. I brought my weekly miles back up almost to my pre-surgery level and am feeling pretty confident. I’ll run three 20-26 mile runs before the marathon with plenty of 10-15 mile runs throughout. My endurance post-surgery is my main concern at this point.
My surgeon cleared me for certain calisthenics like pushups, leg raises, etc., but something just doesn’t feel right in my abdomen when I do them. Very unfortunate. Oh, well, I’d rather be safe than sorry and hold off on that for a while longer. I’m not going to push it. At this point I can’t even imagine how long it will be until I can resume weight training. I am anxious to get back to where I was. Things just aren’t the same.
I got some new sweet kicks! They’re hybrids but really more of a trail running shoe (Salomon XR Crossmax), so I’m not sure if I’ll marathon in them or not, but I probably will! They do quite well on pavement or any kind of surface it seems. I’ve had them on gravel, asphalt, dirt, etc. Best of all, the bottoms of my feet aren’t aching 10 miles into a run with these! After the marathon, I want to do much more distance trail running. I might run a 10-mile trail race in early October just to get out on some unfamiliar trails. I am hoping to find an ultramarathon of 50k to 50 miles to train for at some point next year.
Last week I successfully pulled off a 40-mile week. This week I’m planning to do 45 with an 18-mile run this weekend. I am so ready and excited to get out and put in a real distance run. Everything is feeling pretty good, and though I’ve been fighting off some minor shin splints, I think I’ll pull the marathon off just fine.
It might be time to move on to a new favorite brekkie… my beloved chocolate-peanut butter oatmeal just wasn’t as good this morning as it usually is. What’s with that?! I’m thinking pancakes are in proper order.