It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.
Here are this week’s stories…
A post about focusing on the big picture.
A post about Ed Whitlock who unfortunately passed away this week. It is worth a read if you are not familiar with Ed and his accomplishments.
10 spring training tips.
With just over two months left in the year I really only have one goal left in terms of running, staying health. Since I won’t be running anymore races this year and since I won’t be able to match last year’s mileage what I am aiming for is to get back to a regular routine while avoiding injury.
Since returning to running late last week I have managed to get out for four runs. All of those runs were run at an easy pace. I plan to keep up with the easy pace for the rest of the week. Starting next week I will start to bring tempo runs and hills back into the mix. Speed intervals at the indoor track will follow in December.
That said, with a new addition set to join our family over the next couple of week my running schedule in November will be irregular because I will be busier with more important matters. for now I can only hope that by the time our second child is old enough bring along it will enjoy riding in the Chariot as much as our 3 year-old does!
That’s how I plan to close out 2012. Once January rolls around I will aim to get back to a specific training program to get ready for a spring race.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Yesterday I got my first taste of running since I injured my ankle nearly three weeks ago now. Due to the progress I have made so far my physiotherapist had me run on the treadmill in order to see if I would have any pain in my ankle. That went well, I was able to run pain free and without altering my stride for five minutes.
That was enough for me to get the green light to go for an easy 5-10 minute run outside. Excited to finally be able to head out for a run I got up early this morning and headed out the door for my run. I ended up running for 10.5 minutes at an average pace of just under 6:00/km. Again there was no pain or swelling following my run.
This means that I can go for another run tomorrow. I will likely try to get out at lunch time. I also plan to run for a longer period of time tomorrow. Since I was able to run for 10 minutes today I will aim for 15-20 minutes tomorrow.
For now I plan to take it pretty easy with my pace and ease my way back into a running routine. As long as I don’t feel any pain in my ankle I will continue to schedule another run and progressively add more time each time I go for a run.
So far my recovery is going well. Hopefully I can continue to run pain free. If that trend continues then I should be able to run the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in just over two weeks.
The Toronto Waterfront Marathon is now less than three weeks away. Unfortunately I have yet been able to run since spraining my ankle two weeks ago. As a result, my status for the marathon is still unclear.
However, there is still reason for optimism. My recovery is progressing and I have been biking for the past week now including two efforts at the hotel gym while I was away for business and a one hour effort tonight.
If all goes well I should get the green light to resume running. That will really be the key in determining whether I run in Toronto on the 14th. At this point my goal is really just to get myself to the start line. If I can do that it will be a victory in itself regardless of my finishing time.
For now I will continue to keep up with the exercises for my ankle and with the biking to maintain my cardio. The best scenario would be that I receive the green light to resume light running later this week.