Today I ran for 9 minutes, walked for one. I repeated that 3 times. I am ecstatic! It was a dark and snowy run. It was about minus 5 as I headed out after work and ran listening to the crunch of the snow under my feet and seeing the street lights reflect off the bright white snow. And I ran for total 27 minutes!! Yes, you are reading the right blog, Ellie the ultra trail runner is ecstatic with a 27 minute road run :) Since getting injured (SI joint) about a month ago I have not been able to run at all until last week. Instead it has been regular physio sessions, twice daily physio exercises and the stepper and recumbent bike at the gym. It's been easier than it would have been at any other time of year as I had planned to take December as an easy month anyway but to go from running almost daily to no running at all has not been fun! Skiing has been my saviour to at least somehow be able to get outside and enjoy the mountain air.
Last Wednesday, about 30mins after getting the ok from the physio, I was trying my first run on the treadmill. 1 minute run, 1 minute walk. 5 times. It was slow, it was painful and it was frustrating after all the work I had put in to heal fast. But having stuck to my run schedule I am seeing I can now run 27mins in less pain than I could run 5 minutes in just 7 days ago - yay! After my first attempt at running on the treadmill I have done all my runs outside, at first I thought this would be frustrating to head out of the door for a run to come back less than 30 minutes later but at least it seems like a real run rather than a painful treadmill session.
So if all things carry on going well then I hope to be running for one full hour in a weeks time! Of course, I am sure there will be set backs and there is still some pain when running and it is hardly at a killer pace but at least it is moving in the right direction. My first race of 2011 is a half marathon in Vancouver in mid-February. I had hoped to get some short fast work outs in the try improve my half marathon time, and there is still some chance of that, but if not it will be a race for the fun of it and I'll just be glad to be back racing!
My 14 day schedule, of which I am now on day 7, has been:
Day 1 - 1min run, 1 min walk, x 5 = 10mins
Day 2 - rest
Day 3 - 2min run, 1 min walk, x 5 = 15mins
Day 4 - 3min run, 1 min walk, x 5 = 20mins
Day 5 - rest
Day 6 - 4min run, 1min walk, x 5 = 25mins
Day 7 - 9min run, 1min walk, x 3 = 30mins
Day 8 - 9min run, 1min walk, x 4 = 40mins
Day 9 - rest
Day 10 - 14min run, 1min walk, x 3 = 45mins
Day 11 - 20min run
Day 12 - 9min run, 1min walk, x 5 = 50mins
Day 13 - 14min run, 1min walk, x 4 = 60mins
Day 14 - rest