Restarting, slower

I’d like to get back to my thrice-weekly running schedule. The weather’s starting to get awesome, and I’m still missing my strenuous exercise a lot. Damn Foot is feeling mostly better, so this week I am starting slow on it again and seeing how it goes.

Today I went to the gym and ran for a half-hour on the treadmill*. Usually I work out by distance, not by time– but I felt like time would be a good way to not focus on how far I’m (not) going, but on some duration of activity. That’s a frustration I have: I got so used to the idea of being able to run far that now, when I won’t be doing 12 or 15 miles a week I feel inadequate. Pushing myself so far caused the problems with Damn Foot! I think I’m going to back off a bit and work back up to it. Better to do less and not be in pain, than to do more and have to stop…

It was a glorious half-hour anyway– it felt amazing. My lungs seem to be recovered, too. The only problem is that my feet have become soft and tender after not running for a month– why hello there, blisters on my right foot. I think I might have to adjust the SuperFeet in that shoe too; it fits slightly weird.

* Yes, up a paragraph I said “the weather’s starting to get awesome”, so why am I treadmilling? Well, the recent rains have caused even more mosquitoes than usual and I’m afraid they’d pick me up and carry me off the trail…

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5 Responses to Restarting, slower

  1. Tori says:

    I spent yesterday running through swarms of mating flying ants. If I’d had a treadmill, I would have used it too.

    • G says:

      That sounds horrifying. I’ve eaten my share of gnats but the fact that they’re flying… ants… mating… Remind me never to move to where you are :)

  2. Merry says:

    But that’s extra exercise, all that waving about of the arms :)

    I hope that Damn Foot continues to behave.

    • G says:

      And the scratching after too! So much exercise!

      I shamelessly stole the Damn Foot name from your Damn Knee, I admit it. It is brilliant. I hope you’ll forgive me.

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