Today I ran for the first time since October 26th. Thats the longest I have gone without running in some time and I really missed it; I missed it physically and mentally. I went all of two (yes 2.0) miles on a cushy indoor track. It was the first test of running with custom orthotics. It will take some time to get used to, I am sure, because it feels very different, but this should be the ticket to long term foot health. I ran one mile at about an 11:00 pace, then walked a lap or two, then ran the next at the same slow pace. I didn't have any pain or soreness which was great. Immediately afterwards I stretched and iced my arches for a few minutes just for good measure. I realize this sounds overly cautious, but I have been bit by the "start running again before the plantar fasciitis has gone away" monster before and I want no part of it. So, I will return to my training plan in a very methodical manner. There's no rush since the first race I have coming isn't until next March. I'll enter my 12 week program for that half marathon in January.
As a retired Marine aviator, running has been a part of my life for... well, pretty much my whole life. In the Corps, I ran because I had to stay in shape as part of the job. Now, I run because I want to. I signed up for my first half marathon just before I got out of the service as a way to make sure that I kept pt'ing, even though I no longer "had" to. But I soon discovered that I really enjoyed distance running. I started this blog on a whim to see if it would be fun to keep a running (sorry) dialog on the training and events I participate in, as well as share other interests.