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Feeling Good, Being Smaht – Well Mostly

Okay, on Tuesday, I stressed the left leg a little more than I wanted to, when I moved some step rubble with a wheelbarrow through soft lawn. Yeah, the leg rightly complained about that and I stopped before it got too grumpy.

Due to the way the leg felt on Tuesday, I shut everything down on Wednesday. Well, almost, I still had to move all that rubble from the steps. However, instead of using the wheelbarrow, I used the lawn wagon and it worked quite nicely, but best of all, it didn’t bother my leg. I was able to get things cleaned up with about 10 trips to the scrap pile and put the (new to us) steps there.

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The best thing is that the left leg felt pretty good all day. However, I was conservative and didn’t attempt to run or bike and kept my walks shorter than usual.

Today (Thursday) my leg felt good, so after lunch I was able to get out for a run. We are in the middle of a major house renovation and I have to stick around to answer questions or discuss changes to the plan.

The weather was my first really warm weather run with 75* and 70% humidity with a nice breeze out of the South. So I knew that I was going to sweat a lot.

I wasn’t sure of what I was going to do, so I started out slow and ran completely by feel. I focused on quiet landing keeping my arm swing compact. The first mile went by without any issues from the left leg, so I decided to keep going.

At that point I could keep doing laps on Philbrick or head down back. I wanted to see how the RA Max v1 did on the dirt. The grip was very good on the dirt road and I even purposely ran on a few of the rocks to see how they protected my feet. No problems my feet felt fine.

When I got back up on the tar, the leg was still feeling really good and I decided to keep going. I never really purposely pushed the pace and kept up a nice 9:00 minute pace throughout.

Overall, it was a nice 3.0 plus mile run, where my leg did not bother at all during the run. Yes, I was tempted a couple of times to pick-up the pace a little, but as soon as I started, I cut it back quickly. Right now is not at all about speed, it is all about running comfortably, not having any pain or discomfort in the leg and re-establishing my base a bit.

I did use the Milestone Pod and the results are exactly what I expected and the change from the Zoom Flys on the Leg Swing is pretty dramatic. I am back to strictly a medium leg swing.

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Today, I think I accomplished that. The leg was a little sore after I got done, but I expect some soreness as part of the recovery process. Soreness and pain are different beasts and I have had enough experience recovering from previous injuries to have a pretty good idea of the difference. Soreness is a good thing and a sign that things are going in the correct direction.

I am just going to listen to my body and keep the mileage between the 2-3 mile range for a while and take days off when things start to get beyond the soreness point. Gotta be smart. I know Harold being Harold usually tops being smahter, but I am getting better at it – slowly but surely. At least I think I am – others I am sure will disagree.

The bottom line is that I am running again and that makes me a very happy runner.

 

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