On Saturday I decided to attend the track club's run. This particular run is normally a 20+ mile run. I'm still not ready to run, but I decided to walk and see how far I could go. It has been over two months since I've run or even walked more than a couple of blocks. I kept an open mind, but remained cautious. This is also the first time I've been able to really test out the custom orthotics. I've been wearing the orthotics since I first put them in my shoes, but walking further was a better test. I had no specific distance goal, but I knew I wanted to put in at least a couple of miles. Coach Paul stopped and walked with me for a short time just to make sure I was OK and inquired about my foot. Several of my friends ran by in the opposite direction and it was cool to give out some high fives along the way. It felt weird being at the very back of the pack, but I wasn't putting in the high miles, I just wanted to see what I could do. Here's the route I took:
I did an out and back from Hospitality Point to Mariner's Point and back, logging in 6.3 miles.
I felt OK, and that 6.3 miles was just enough. I'm not sure if it's the orthotic or if it's my left foot overcompensating in different places, but I have a shin splint near the outer side of the left calf. Shin splints are normally caused by going too fast or far too soon, or the wrong shoes. In my case, I don't think it's going too fast or too far too soon, and I know it's not the shoes. I think it might be the custom orthotic in the left shoe and some overcompensation. I haven't had shin splints in YEARS. I've been doing the R.I.C.E. thing, which I do for my foot anyway, plus using the stick to massage the shin. I'll address this at RU on Wednesday.
The "Welcoming Committee" did an awesome job and had a tape to run through at the end, plus a cooler full of Otter Pops. That's Molly (and me) recreating running through the tape. No, she didn't run in sandals. LOL.
Group photo. Brownie points if you can find me. I'm wearing a white hat.
Hubs did OK. He doesn't run with a GPS at all, but he thinks he put in about 16 or 17 miles.
Based on how I walked on Saturday, I can definitely WALK the half marathon under the 4 hour time limit. I might be able to attempt a walk/run pattern. I just have to be open minded to whatever happens. I'm just happy to be participating.
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