Yesterday, I ran outside for the first time since early January!!! (I didn't even remember how to turn my Garmin on, that's how long it has been!)
Up and down hills.
It was a GORGEOUS day! Almost 50 degrees and mildly sunny. It felt like springtime for this Central PA gal who's been stuck in a Polar Vortex for the past several months!
I started the run with headphones in, but it didn't take long until I ditched them. I did not want to zone out. I wanted to soak in every wonderful sight, sound, and feeling there was to be had on my first outdoor run in what seemed like forever.
When I was at 3.9 miles I really want to aim for 5 miles. "It's just 8 more minutes," I told myself. "What's 8 more minutes?" But I did not. I refrained. I did my 4 miles and cooled down with a short walk. Crisis adverted.
The big question... How did my knee feel? Answer: It didn't feel normal of course, but it wasn't painful. I would feel twinges. I would feel a nagging twinge on one side, then it would switch to the other, then it would switch somewhere else... It was as if my old creeky body was waking up. It did not HURT.
Oh, about my pace. I have decided to not worry about how fast I am running but focus on time on my feet. My first mile yesterday was a 9:13. My last was an 8:21. I was not trying to push myself at any point. It was a happy, "la-la-la" pace (for ME). I honestly felt liked I could run for another hour, it was THAT GREAT.
But I was probably just high on endorphins.
Anyway, I am so pleased with my run and I am so HAPPY right now. I know it was only 4 miles but obviously this is huge... I'm going to try 4 tomorrow and then rest on Monday.
Thank you for listening!
Sorry this is short and discombobulated. My weekend is crazy! I'll catch up with you all tomorrow!
*** SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: My knee felt fine for the rest of the day on Saturday. I did a lot of stretching and walking around so I kept everything loose. Perhaps the best sign is that now, Sunday morning, it feels strong. I am convinced my body was ready for that 4 miles yesterday! I remain hopeful about my recovery!!!***
Did you have a good run this weekend???