Saturday, November 14, 2009

Da Great Outdoors

I think I finally turned the corner on my ITBS. I've been running relatively pain free since last Friday. I still feel the reminisce of something going on but it's hard to tell how much of that is real and how much is in my head. Also, I'm not sure if it's a coincidence that the pain went away at the exact time that I started taking Naproxen, but I haven't been brave enough to find out yet by not taking a Naproxen in the morning... I guess I'll save that trial till next week.

But for today's trial... My first attempt to run outside since my walk of shame...

It's a lovely day. The air is a crisp 57 degrees and the sun is out in full force. A beautiful day for a run. I decided to run my 5 mile route; one of my favorites because it's flat and because I ran it so frequently during my marathon training that it provides me with a good benchmark for my performance. I strapped on my Garmin (oh how I've missed you) and headed out the door... The run was fabulous. It was so great to finally run free, away from the constant methodical cycling of the treadmill. I was free to feel the sun on my face and the wind in my hair. I was free to choose my own pace and to speed up and slowdown at will...

Also this was my first real outdoor run since marathon training... and I realized how nice it was to be running simply for the sake of running. I had no concrete goal. No milage I had to reach for the week. No tempo or pace that I had to keep.

I ended up running 5.25 miles pain free and at a good steady base pace (I'm not even going to put how fast it was because it doesn't matter!)...

Sitting here blogging now, shortly after my run I feel exhilarated. I feel that I'm finally starting to get in shape. I'm eager to spend this winter building my base, pushing my fitness, drop some extra pounds, and working my core. I'm excited because my running "career" is just starting and I'm confident that next spring I will be ready to really start competing and setting some PRs!!!


  1. Hey! I'm assuming you found my blog through the Runners World forums.

    Looks like you and I have a similar outlook, and maybe even some similar goals :]

    Congratulations on a great run - there's nothing like running for the sake of running. Keep up the good work!

  2. Wow, nice post man. Sounds like you have a plan. Sounds similar to mine. This winter I will be doing some more 5ks since im hooked on racing after the first one yesterday. Not too many but a couple. I will be building my base and working on my core. Losing weight too. I still have about 25 lbs to go yet. 1 lb a week or so is good. even .25 lb. as long as i am improving. I already lost 30 this year with 400 miles behind me. Well, I am a typer I must end with great job on the run, and as always........keep running.