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The Road To 26.2 – Rehabbed and Ready

My last update (here) ended with me getting started with run/walk intervals.

Many people told me I would be surprised with how quick progress would come, and that I’d be back to running like myself in no time, but I didn’t believe them. My first run/walk session was 30 minutes and I was sore for three days afterward, I really thought it was going to take another month just to feel normal.

Well, I was wrong! I’m now in my third week of hitting the road and no longer need walking breaks! If you follow me on Instagram (@missfitmartha) you would have seen this post:

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It’s not easy, but there’s no point getting discouraged about not being where you once were. After not running for a month, I was embarrassed over how difficult I found running to be. Then I remembered the fact that I couldn’t even walk the month before so things weren’t looking so bad!

I wanted to share my rehab to running in case anyone reading this is currently on the sidelines, and to show the gradual process that it is. Mine went like this:

Session 1) 30 minutes with a 3/2 split (run 3 min, walk 2 min)

Sessions 2 & 3) 40 minutes at 3/2 split.

Sessions 4 & 5) 40 minutes 4/1 split

Session 6) 45 minutes 4/1 split.

Session 7)  6K with a 1 minute walk at the 3K point.

*All of the sessions listed above were done on flat roads/trails. 

My first run with hills was last evening and it went really well in regards to pain, but I was definitely tired by the end! A total of 7K with no walking and 3 hills.

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Average Pace Is On Point!

Though I’m not free to go run 20K at the drop of a dime, my distance is creeping up and my pace is very close to my average runs. All in all, things did move quicker than I anticipated, and my post run issues of swelling and ankle pain have diminished (so far). Those are things I’ll have to keep an eye on as I increase distance, but it’s looking good!

As far as running the marathon in October…I really haven’t decided! I will definitely be doing the half marathon, but I’m going to enjoy the training I can do until the end of September and then make my decision!

For now I will enjoy the time I have to get out to run and soak up the beautiful views around this Island.

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Fort Amherst National Historic Site

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HUGE thank you to everyone who has followed this little journey of mine.

It’s not over yet, as I’ll likely have at least 1 more update before “the big day,” but I appreciate your supportive comments and interest.

Move forward and don’t forget to smile!

 

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