On Tuesday, my doctor gave me the all clear to start running again. Honestly, I'm shocked. I though she'd have me walk for a month and THEN build up to running. Nope. She said I could start running immediately.
I almost ran out of the doctor's office to my truck, in celebration.
The running plan actually ramps up pretty quickly. In week 3, I will be running a mile continuously, walk for 3 min, and repeat 2 more times. Given that my walk on Sunday (3 miles round trip) wiped me out, I'm going to wait until this Sunday to start the program and walk a few more times this week. As excited as I am to start up, I don't want to rush into it and re-injure my heel.
After work on Tuesday, after a semi-long search for clothes and a debate over which shoes to wear (do I wear my cushiony [and blocky] Mizunos for support, or do I wear my Newtons for better form? The Newtons won. Mainly because I've been wearing the Mizunos daily for 5 weeks and I'm tired of seeing them), I went on a walk. After some internal debate, I decided to go about 3 miles, walking 10 minutes and running for 1 minute. I figured it was a good test to see how I felt.
And wow, those 4 x 1 minute runs were amazing. It was the first time I've ran since the Colfax Half Marathon.* I took the first 2 conservatively, focusing on light feet and midfoot running. The 3rd run I tried to up the pace but it really wasn't there. And the 4th one, I just wanted to keep it strong.
It went pretty well. I can tell certain things aren't used to getting used. My shins/ankles. My hips. My my heel felt GREAT. I really was the best 4 minutes I've had in quite a while. I'm looking forward to getting in even more of those minutes. :)
* Quote from my race report: "My feet hurt, which sucks. I'm hoping that a regimen of 2 aleve every 12 hours for a few days will fix things, along with RICE. This is fixable". Oh the irony. Yes, fixable with 4 months of being booted and doing nothing. Crapola.