I picked up my new shoes (Asics Landreths) today. Apparantely, I have gone from being told that I was a pronator to being told that I was a supernator (sp?) to that I just need good neutral shoes...and those were diagnosed by specialty running store guy, physical therapist, specialty running store manager....let's all cross our fingers and hope that these work.
They feel good. Different than my other Asics, even though they are built on the same frame. The toe box feels smaller. But all in all it just felt good to put on some running shoes!
Injury update: I saw the physcial therapist 3 times this week. Each time he let me run on the treadmill. Yahoo! And he has cleared me to run 3 miles today, and 3 miles 3 days next week and then 5 next Saturday. But I had to agree to do the run/walk thing. I agreed, just so he'd let me get back out there. Run 9 minutes, walk a minute. I'm not a big fan of run/walk. I don't know why, cause I've never done it before, but I'm just not totally thrilled about it. But, if it gets me able to be back out there, then I'll do it. Even if i have to keep doing it up until marathon day (June 4). I'll do whatever is best for me, even if i don't really really want to. Enough about run/walk.
So, today was a BEAUTIFUL day in middle GA. Sunny, 80 degrees, just fabulous. I decided i would steal my shoes virginity (and mine too sortof) by going down to the Ocmulgee Heritage River Walk. I've never been down there (hence, the stealing my own virginity...) It was a beautiful, flat path but I'm not sure how long it was. I ran for 30 minutes (with 3 one minute walk breaks inserted). And I totally felt out of shape...man, what a month will do, or at least what my mind is making me thinking a month will do. I think the fact that I had had a smoothie shortly prior to the run, plus 80 degrees with 100% humidity, plus not really running-running for about 5 weeks all just took it's toll on me. The last time I ran it was about 50 degrees outside...but, I'm sure that my week of 3 milers will help get me back to where I was pre-injury.
And I'm still on for the marathon, although I'm really really nervous that I won't be prepared for it. I've missed 5 weeks of crucial training time. The physical therapist told me that I can increase my long runs by 2 miles per week, so that will get me up to 19 miles before I have a 2 week taper prior to the race. What that means is that there cannot be any messing around. No, "i'll take this day off and make up for it here..." Can't happen. There's just not enough time for that. But, T said he will run/walk the whole thing with me if that is what I have to do, and if I have to walk the last few miles at least I will finish, which was my goal in the first place.
It's so good to be back :)