For the last few days I’ve been wanting to run for my workouts, which isn’t like me at all. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been craving the heart pumping rhythm of the treadmill.
I’ve definitely had a rocky relationship with running. The last time I was running consistently I was also dealing with plantar fasciitis. If you’ve dealt with it before then you know how miserable it can be – each step throughout the day can really hurt. It took me stopping almost all of my high intensity and running workouts, and even then it took awhile of rolling out my feet with tennis and golf balls and stretching to get it to go away.
This week I’ve done two run/walk workouts, and so far my feet are feeling fine! I’m super excited about that because I was half expecting to to start hurting again. If I feel the least bit of the plantar fasciitis coming back you better believe that I’m going to tone down the running again. I don’t want to be dealing with that regularly again.
Back before everything changed in March and I was still going to the gym, I was all about the elliptical. It was my go to cardio workout. I loved it because it was low impact but it still got me working hard – breathing hard and sweaty. Since I haven’t been to the gym since the beginning of March, I haven’t been doing much cardio that makes me break a sweat. Sure, there have been lots of walk since then, but nothing that’s been high intensity.
Yesterday’s workout was 1 minute run/2 minute walk intervals. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I was working hard after the second interval! My plan is to go super slow with the running to keep my feet from hurting again. My plan is to do 3 of them each week and slowly increase the time I’m running and decrease the walking. I love spreadsheets to I put together a workout schedule for the last few months of 2020 with my workouts. In addition to running I’ll be adding a couple strength workouts from Peloton and yoga once a week.
I’m so grateful that I have a treadmill that I can use. As we head into winter here in Calgary, running outside when it’s cold, snowy, and icy doesn’t sound like fun to me. Instead I’m able to run inside where it’s nice and warm on the treadmill while listening to a playlist or watching Netflix.
Are you a runner? If so, how long ago did you start running? Best tip for getting started running again?