I finally did it…I finally ran again! To say I was nervous to run for the first time in over a week is an understatement. I was downright terrified. It was not the run that scared me, but rather, how my ankle would respond to the run. I had been told to only run ten minutes, which for me is extremely difficult. Not only that, I was also told to run slow. I don’t know the meaning of the word slow. For me, slow and steady never wins the race. It’s more like fast and faster in my mind.
My girlfriend and I headed to a track, since I was told to run on a track for my first run. I am not a big fan of the track. Running in repetitive motions around a football field is not my idea of fun, nor is the view very interesting. Luckily, when we arrived at the track a football game was going on…Oh Darn! The closest place to go was my favorite park. I was fully aware that the park, with it cement laden trails, was likely the cause of my tendonitis. However, I love that park with its quacking ducks that block your running path to say hello and the abundance of runners passing you to and fro (I’m a poet and yes I do know it). It is where I ran 3.1 miles under 21 minutes for the first time in my life! We are BFF’s…always have been and always will be. Naturally I wanted nothing more than to continue my training in the very park that it all began. I strayed from the cement trail and just ran a sort of dirt-like trail that most people refrain from using. I knew it would be easier on my ankle.
My girlfriend ran by my side to ensure I didn’t try and run too fast (she knows me too well). There were moments when it felt like the pain was going to creep up again, but it never fully materialized. I was ecstatic to finish with little to no pain, but angered at only one thing. I ran my mile in 9:30…which is aggravating. I know I did it on purpose, but I am used to seeing 6:15, so it was a bit of a shock to my ego. I know it’s about baby steps, but with less than a month until the San Antonio Half Marathon I am ready to turn myself loose again. I should be happy that I am sitting here without pain after my first run in over a week. And, well, I guess I am. It just makes me realize how much I love running…Man I love running!