Let me backtrack a bit. My return to running began on May 18, when I was finally permitted to actually start "running" again (I put that in quotes because the pace I was permitted to run at is actually slower than my walking pace). Over the past 3 weeks, I have been following the return-to-running plan that my doctor gave me almost perfectly. A few of the earlier runs were faster than they should've been, but when you're trying to run 3+ minutes per mile slower than your normal comfy pace, it can be difficult! I'm pretty darn proud of myself with how well I've done with this. To be honest, I am just so very grateful every single time I lace up my shoes that the pace or miles just don't matter right now.
I am currently on step 9 of the program, which is 50 minutes at my "usual" pace--this is tomorrow's workout. Step 8 was 40 minutes at this pace--my first time running at my comfy pace in 10+ weeks! It felt amazing to not have to really control myself, to just let my legs do their thing. I got to do the first workout of step 8 with my LC girls--the women I trained with at 4:30 AM almost every single Wednesday morning this past fall/winter/spring. I was so very excited to be running with them again!
|Steph, Erin, Megan, Lori, Becky and me with our yummy post-run treats!|
|Ellen, Jon, and Tamara--we had a few others who had to leave early!|
A couple of weeks ago my friend Carolyn (one of the sweet women I met during my first full last year) offered to lend me her spiffy road bike, as she had no plans on using it this summer and knew that I was itching to try out a good bike. I took her up on her offer instantly, but haven't been able to actually hop in the saddle due to the busy end-of-the-school-year. I also had to get air in the tires and get the seat adjusted. I finally got the chance to do these things today, and promptly took the bike out for a quick ride on the paths of Westerville. I've obviously rode a bike many times before, but a reallllly nice, expensive bike? Nope, not till today. All I can say is WOW. As my friend Lynn said, riding a bike that awesome almost feels like you're cheating, it makes the ride so easy. I totally loved this short 6 miler.
I made the decision during my ride today that a triathlon is going to happen, and it's going to happen this summer. I've decided on a race on August 2 that will take place at Alum Creek. The only choice I have to make now is do I race a sprint tri or an Olympic-distance tri? The difference: The sprint is 750 meters of swimming (basically a half-mile), a 20K bike (just over 12 miles) and a 5K run (3.1 miles). The Olympic distance is a 1500 meter swim (about a mile), a 40K bike (around 25 miles), and a 10K run (6.2 miles). The only thing that throws me off of the Olympic distance is the bike portion. I need to get in some more training rides at higher distances before I actually commit to riding 25 miles in a race!
So that's my new goal: to compete in a triathlon. Aside from the fact that I really really really enjoy swimming (and maybe biking too!), I am also hoping that having a non-running goal will keep me from pushing myself too hard in my return. I can't wait to start logging in more open water miles and learning how to ride the roads in preparation for my first race!