Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Two Days in a Row

Three miles yesterday.

Three miles today.

No stops to rest my knee (though I'm still so out of shape I would have liked to have stopped to take a break). So yeah, things are going pretty well. I'm close to 4 runs per week now. I still usually take a day off after a run, but today shows I can do two days in a row.

Of course running in sunny 60 degree weather in Phoenix makes it a little easier.

But I'm enroute back to Boston tonight so -- back to cold runs for the duration of the winter.

I'm OK with that. Once again, I'll say it. I am just quite happy to be running at all now.

So...goodnight for now. It's overnight to Detroit, then a couple more hours into Boston... Then off to work.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Three Weeks and Still Going

It was yesterday, about an hour or so after my run, I was walking up the stairs and I suddenly realized -- I have sore muscles! Oh, the soreness feels SO good.

I've been running for three weeks now. And though the knee isn't perfect yet, I'm able to run every other day. My last few runs have been 3 miles each, with only minimal stops (I recall stopping twice during each of the last two runs -- the first stop coming around the two mile mark). I expect to be running three miles non-stop by next week. Then I'll go to four days each week. And slowly increase the mileage. Small steps.

This journey back to running is a slow one. I am so out of (running) shape. Which also means my quick breaks to rest my knee are a welcome relief to my running muscles as well. "Patience" I tell myself...


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Week 2 and another haiku

morning at the pond
brings unexpected joy -
sunrise lights my path

This is my second week back running. It seems with each run the walking breaks to rest the knee are getting shorter and farther between. I am just so grateful to be able to run again. Twenty nine degrees and snow on the ground? Where are my running shoes?! I'm going out!

And the haiku just keep coming...


Friday, December 04, 2009

haiku time again!

cool morning air
awaits me at fresh pond -
a bird is calling

Ran this morning around Fresh Pond. A lovely run. Of course I'm having to take it really easy as I rebuild my knee. But this morning was about 2 1/2 miles of running (3 including the walking breaks). Yeah, and those walking breaks weren't just for my knees. I am so out of running form.

But it feels so good to get outside and run. My weekly total will only be something like 7 miles. But that's 7 miles more than I was doing a month ago. Or a year ago. Or two years ago.

I cannot wait to get out and run again (on Sunday). Although I feel little tiny tweaks in my knee, in general things are looking very good -- just in time for Winter here in Boston. Hmm...5K in March?