Last night was my first run back from injury and I was…nervous. I’ve taken breaks from running before. During the summer of 2011 I stopped running at the end of May and didn’t run again until the end of August. That time off was for personal reasons and was a much needed time of reflection. But this time was different. This time was my first time taking more than a few days off to recover. I knew it was in me to be able to run but I was unsure if my foot would cooperate. I knew that I would not have lost that much endurance after taking just a couple weeks off, especially since I’ve hit the gym pretty hard during this off time.
As I prepped to start running, I honestly had butterflies in my stomach. Was it because I was scare that my foot wouldn’t be ready? Was I just defeating myself before I even tried? Not really sure. I do know that having the two runners I am coaching to their first half marathon and my buddy there took some of the edge off. I was able to talk to them about what they needed to do prior to starting. Maybe that helped. Having them there helped me mentally.
What I do know is that for the first lap around the track, I was holding back, being very cautious. The second lap, the tension eased up. By the time I hit the third lap, I was ready to open it up. The third, forth, fifth, and sixth laps I was doing some fartleks. I would easy run the turns and blast the straights. I ran the 1.5 miles in 13:30, an average pace of 9 minutes flat.
I’m glad I got that first run out of the way. Now I can’t wait to run again!