I’ve been limiting my runs to fewer than 3 miles and going into each workout with set distances I’ll run and walk.
I’ve been afraid to push too hard and possibly reinjure my ankle.
I’ve been too paranoid.
Today, I decided I’d just run when I felt like running and walk when I felt like walking. I didn’t limit my distance.
And I’m extremely happy with the results.
I started the first mile by walking 0.10 mile and running the rest. I ran the entire second mile (unintentionally) at last year’s marathon training pace (!!!). I walked off and on in the third mile due to side aches. I ran most of the rest of the way with only brief stops to walk.
Times I had to walk because my ankle hurt: NONE.
Amount my ankle swelled up after the run: NONE.
How I felt after finishing this run, realizing that I feel completely normal again and just need to work on my stamina: AMAZING.
It’s so ridiculous to look at the last few months of mileage compared to my final months of marathon training late last year.
I’ll get there again. Can’t wait.