Have you enjoyed the break from the off-topic running posts? Since finishing the Providence marathon about a month ago, I’ve had a prolonged break from any real volume of running thanks to a confluence of things: normal marathon recovery, a flare up of tendonitis in my right foot, and removal of one honking huge polyp from my sinuses.
After PVD, I would have done a four-week reverse taper to get back into regular running form (4 runs per week, long runs of 6-8 miles). But I had surgery scheduled 8 days after the marathon to remove that polyp, and wasn’t allowed to exercise at all for one week after that, and then only “50% of normal” for the 2nd week. Then while I was sitting on my butt post-surgery, peroneal tendons in my right foot flared up (WHA? All I was doing was watching bad daytime TV!). More after the jump.
So, to say I’ve slipped out of peak running form is a bit of an understatement. This recent almost-6-miler was the longest distance I’ve done since PVD, and it damn near killed me. Granted, I’d done a lot of lower-body strength work the day prior, but that run left me sore enough to think twice about sitting down for a couple days.
Hope springs eternal, however. Taking time off helped get my foot back to normal in record time, and I know I can soon be back to respectable paces and distances. So I registered this morning for two halfathons – Hampton (NH) Rockfest in September, and the Austin (TX) half marathon in February.
That will let me tick off two states toward my long-term goal of running a race in all 50 states and DC. Ever forward, as they say.