Wednesday, January 26, 2011
A Positive Spin on Injury Recovery
I am back to running a little bit this week. One mile at a time. So, rather than be extremely frustrated with being able to only run a short distance, I decided to use the gradual rebuild in distance to my advantage. I am going to attempt to make my "easy" pace faster. I had been running 10-minute miles for my easy runs. That's about all the faster that I could manage for a 5 to 6 mile run. However, when my runs are only one mile, "easy pace" becomes somewhere in the 9:30-9:40 range. I'm hoping that as I build my distance back up, I can train my body to this new pace. I also did my regular tempo run today( 0.25mi warmup, 0.5mi tempo, 0.25 mi cooldown, I'm only supposed to run a mile, you know!) at a pace 30 seconds faster than my normal tempo pace. I guess I'm just hoping to turn this injury into an opportunity instead of a setback.