I did it.
Twenty minutes of running in soft grass and my achilles didn’t burn. It was tender, but I was able to run through the pain.
I stretched all morning, about every 30 minutes or so. I walked down to the local grade school, which has a giant field to run in. I was as nervous as someone awaiting to accept an award, thinking to myself over and over “Please, please, please, let it be okay.” I have gel heel inserts that I added, suspecting my Brooks Beasts had previously trained me to run on my mid-foot from its abundance of support. I got started and nearly twisted my ankle from a clump of grass. I applied the Galloway method (2 minutes of running, 1 of walking) and concentrated on landing on my heel. It became my mantra, my cadence, “heel, heel, heel, heel, heel, heel, breathe, heel, heel.”
After a surprisingly quick twenty minutes, I stopped, stretched for 5 minutes and walked back home. I suspect I ran probably around 1.5 – 2 miles, not bad for a comeback kid. I got back and stretched some more with some Advil and ice.
There’s a 10k in September. I plan to be there.
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