Despite the fact that I have been running super slow lately, I can see little bits of my fitness starting to return. Longer runs — right now we’re talking around five miles — don’t gas me quite as much as they used to a few weeks ago.
Hills, which were torture at the beginning of the month, are slowly becoming just another routine part of running.
My legs are adapting and my muscles aren’t overly fatigued after a long run anymore.
And my lungs seem to have adapted as well. I don’t find myself sucking wind at the end of a routine run like I did a few weeks ago.
I’m still a long way from where I was just a few months ago, when running a 20 miler was no big deal, but for now, I’m happy that five milers aren’t that hard to finish anymore.
In fact, yesterday, I didn’t have to take a single walk break during my five mile run. I was so excited that enough of my endurance had returned that I could run the whole thing.
It wasn’t at a very fast pace, but it was continuous running, for a decent distance, and it proves that I’m well on my way to bouncing back from my foot injury.
For now, my plan is to focus on endurance first, speed later. Get my distance back and then we’ll start worrying about picking up the pace.