Next, a quick update on the stress fracture. I am feeling nearly no pain, before, during or after my runs. By nearly no pain I mean that I think I am 99% better. The one issue is that my calves and/or Achilles have been really sore after about every run. I'm not sure what this is, but I am been stretching them out like crazy. My calves have always been really tight so it is something that I am always trying to work on. Hopefully it doesn't develop into anything more serious.
Finally, (my English teacher would be proud of the structure of this post) I went for a quick 4 mile run last night. It was my first attempt at anything speedy for any duration since my stress fracture.
4 miles, 7:15 average pace
The run started out rather frustrating. I wear jumpers knee platellar straps because my quads are weak like a wee little girl's quads. I've wore them for the last two years and don't have the guts to NOT wear them. Well, I forgot to pack them in my suitcase this week. FAIL. What is a guy to do? Just like every time I get a little low on my medicine (whiskey) - Walgreens to the rescue. I remember hearing that cross country girls would sometimes use athletic tape as a substitute. The result?
Try not to swoon too hard at my chicken legs. The interesting thing is that I KNOW that those cross country girls probably shave their legs. Let me tell you, taking the tape off was none too fun. I'm seriously considering shaving the back of my knees cyclist style because I'm going to have to do this Thursday morning. Owwza.
The run itself went okay. I started out with a half mile warmup and then worked to hit a tempo pace at around 7:10 or 7:15. I was able to hit the pace, but it seemed to require a lot more effort than it did before my injury. Not all that unexpected, but still a bit frustrating. The first half wasn't too bad, but mile 3 was a real doozy. I still worked to keep a relaxed effort, but doing that took almost more effort than the actual running. I'm going to keep adding a mile a week onto this day until I peak out at around 7 miles. If that doesn't help me regain some speed, I don't know what will!