My Big Return to Running

I announced my return to running in November, and so far, here are the runs I’ve recorded:

  • 10 Nov – 1km – 7:03
  • 25 Nov – 1km – 7:42
  • 26 Nov – 1 km – 5:57
  • 3 Dec – 1km – 5:58
  • 10 Dec – 1.8km – 12:12 (10 minutes continuous running, 2 minutes walking)
  • 15 Dec – 3km – 22:55 (treadmill – 3 minutes walking warm up, 10 minutes @ 9kph, 2 minutes walk, 5 minutes @ 10kph, 3 minutes walk cool down)
  • 16 Dec – 4 km – 28:16 (10 minutes run, 2 minutes walk, 10 minutes run, remainder walk to end of track to cool down)

Running-on-the-treadmill

I am trying to build myself up both in time and distance in a sensible way – avoiding further injury.

Looking at those trends, not only am I not running consistenly enough, I think the jump from 1.8 to 3 to 4 might be just a bit quick, and might pose a risk for re-inflaming the plantar fasciitis in my feet, so I am going to slow down the progressions a bit, and get running on a more regular schedule.

Originally, I was just going to try to build distance (time would naturally increase) but I have found that time is better for managing my plantar fasciitis. Right now I am focusing on 10 minute increments, with walking breaks to assess where my feet are at.

The last run, which had two 10 minute runs in it, was at the edge of my comfort zone. The last two minutes were a bit challenging. So clearly, 20 minutes of impact is just a shade too much right now.

Ouch!

Ouch!

I was hoping to go up to 15 minute increments next week, but think I will do the 2 x 10 minutes again first, then if I am feeling alright, do a 1 x 15 minute run, and then a 15 and 5.

Based on how I feel after those runs I will decide if I want to try a full 20 minutes or a 15 and 10. I may have to repeat a few of the run times, just to get the strength built up without pushing too hard and blowing out my feet again.

My current objective is to get to 30 minutes continuous running, which should lead me to 5km. I intend to run 5km in the Bunbury Australia Day Fun Run on 26th January.

Bunbury Run

I’ve already paid for it, so it’s locked in!!

It’ll be fun – it’s my cousin’s birthday, Australia Day, and a long weekend!

Bring it on!! šŸ™‚

My next potential race is a 10km in April, but I want to make sure I am treating my body right and will be absolutely ready for it before paying the entry fee.

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4 responses to “My Big Return to Running

  1. Hi there, lovely post… good on you šŸ™‚

    I have just followed your blog. Do you also have a Facebook page. I look forward to reading more from šŸ™‚

    You can find me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CarolineBakkerBlog) and maybe you’d even like to follow my blog.

    I write about Fitness and Wellbeing including yummy recipes, yoga and meditation etc. If you need any help, please do not hesitate to visit http://www.creativescapemarketing.com as I specialise in setting up WordPress websites and Facebook pages. Warm regards Caroline

    • Thanks so much Mary Lou!! I am feeling confident about the 5k too! So far so good! šŸ™‚ But the holidays are coming and I often find it hard to stay on-track and committed to training when I’m relaxing and enjoying so much company and food šŸ™‚ We’ll see how I go!
      Thanks again for visiting, and I hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year!!

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