Yesterday marked 4 weeks since I got out of the boot. Yesterday also marked 16 weeks to the Boston marathon.
The doctor said to ease back into running after 4 weeks of no boot. So easing I am … I ran .8 miles yesterday with my 7 year old and 1 mile this morning. Over the past month I have added in biking (spin bike at the gym) and walking. I’ve continued lifting/core/PT exercises as well. I’ll continue doing that as I add in running. And my hubs/parents/in laws all pitched in to get my a sweet new mountain bike for Christmas!! So I’ll be using that (with my 2.5 year old in tow in the trailer) to change it up a bit.
I honestly have no idea how much/how little I should run. Since 2007 my only extended breaks from running have been when I had our 3 kids. After each pregnancy and c-section my body clearly communicated how much I could run as I regained fitness. Yet through this injury, I have kept up a decent level of fitness. So I can’t listen to my overall fitness to determine how far to run. You always hear “build your mileage slowly” and “increase mileage no more than 10% each week.” How slowly though? And is the 10% rule a good one to follow??
It’s overwhelming to think the marathon is 15 weeks/6 days away.