This week has marked my return to running after a three week lay off.
The first was a run on a walkway with hubby, in New Plymouth. I actually said, mid run, "I hate this". I felt slow and sloppy. Nevertheless, it was a little over 4km and I realised I hadn't lost as much running fitness as I thought I had. I really thought I would have to run/walk in 3 or 4 minute intervals!
A few days later, hubby and I had an opportunity to run along the coastal walkway in New Plymouth. It was magic. A gorgeous sunny day, and despite a strong headwind on the first leg, it was the best run I could remember for a very long time. We took our time, stopping for a few photos, and a missed turnoff lead us to some rock scrambling along the water front. Heaps of fun! I realised that it's so easy to get caught up in the target paces and distances way of running and sometimes it's just great to run for fun.
To round off the week, I managed a quick 3km over dinner time on Thursday night. I was feeling tired, and hadn't eaten for about 2 1/2 hours, but surprised myself by how fast I was.
The foot feels okay. On my first run the side of my foot (the original injury) was a bit niggly, and I even noticed the exact same pain on the other foot afterwards. I wonder if those tendons/ligaments have been a bit weak? It flared up at the start of the coastal walkway run as well but after a couple of minutes it disappeared, and last night I didn't notice it at all.
The top of my foot remains numb/tingly, and the occasional ache appears, but I haven't heard back with the results of the x-ray so I assume there was no fracture picked up. I go back to the specialist next week so it'll be interesting to see what he says we do from here.