I barely slept last night. I tossed and turned all night, fearing I would oversleep. When my alarm went off at 4:45am, I was already staring at the ceiling waiting for it. I got up, put on some rain-proof clothes, and took Chip for a walk in what was supposed to be an absolute deluge. Except it was clearly done raining for the time being. I poured a cup of coffee and ate an Untapped Maple Waffle as I drove in the dark, now kinda raining outside. I pulled up to Harry Downes Field – the official Brookline High School athletic fields – and parked just across the street in total darkness. I walked through the gate, put down my water bottle, and – for the first time in 16+ weeks – I turned on my running watch and started going.
That’s right, today is the day I was allowed to start running! And I wasted NO time! Actually, I knew I had to go early because after 1pm-ish, the fields/track are for high school sports teams only. And even though meteorologists (and my friends) kept warning about the remnants of Hurricane Florence causing a monsoon this morning, I got in my 20-minute workout without a drop of rain…just a whole lot of humidity and sweat.
I’m following a strict return-to-running plan that Coach Jack recommended and my orthopedic doctor approved. Today’s workout was:
- 3-minute warmup (power walking)
- 30 seconds of running
- 30 seconds of walking
- Repeat run/walk intervals 17 times for a total of 20 minutes of movement
- Total mileage: 1.5 miles
I felt great! I mean, I felt like I was going to die and I was panting and my right calf was tight as hell and I forgot to trim my toenails and my hamstring was on fire but MY TIBIA DID NOT HURT. And that’s really all I cared about today. I ran, without pain, for the first time in almost 4 whole months.