Yay! Just in time to help combat the February grumps.
I’ve been running again for two weeks now, carefully and on short distance routes (ranging from 1.25 to 2.3 miles), and my leg seems to be up to the challenge. There have been some slight twinges and one strange episode of numbness on the other side of the injured calf… but nothing that seems serious. To be on the safe side, though, I’m increasing my distances only very slowly. I’ll have to stick with the 2-3 mile distances for a while yet.
This time around, I’ve started using the Nike+ GPS, since I have an iPhone now. When I was marathon training, I used my old iPod nano with the Nike+ attachment, with the sensor that you attach to your shoelaces. It was perfectly serviceable, and got me to the marathon in fine form, but the sensor wasn’t always very accurate. You could calibrate it to your height and stride, but even so, if you changed pace, it had a hard time tracking your distance accurately. With the iPhone and GPS, there’s no need for a shoe sensor (which also got off-kilter if you bumped it out of place at all). I especially like that you can look at a map of your route at the end and see your pace variations along the way.
Being the impatient soul that I am, I started thinking today about how lovely it will be when I can do 10 miles on Saturdays again. Once I’d worked up to it, 8-12 miles really was a fabulous distance for a weekend: a bit of hard work at the end, but a happy long-distance running zen experience over all, especially in the park where you can share the energy with all the other runners, cyclists, and babies in jogging strollers. Also it’s not so far that I can’t do anything else for the rest of the weekend. (Yes, 15-20 milers, I’m looking at you.)
In other running news, registration for this year’s Marine Corps Marathon opens in a few weeks. Should I run it again? I want to do another marathon sometime; I’m just not sure whether this year is the most reasonable choice, given the uncertainties of being post-injury and pre-job.