In today’s post I thought I would share how getting back into running has been going so far.
This week marks my third week of running. I was a bit worried that the plantar fasciitis that I’ve dealt with before would come back, but so far I’ve been able to keep it at bay. The key to that for me has been lots of stretching afterwards and rolling out my feet with a golf ball for at least 10 minutes each day. I even roll out my feet on days when I’m not running.
I’m still doing the run/walk intervals. I’ve found that I’ve been most successful at running when I take it really slowly. That’s exactly what I’m doing. Having to deal with an injury is never fun, and I definitely want to avoid that. Right now I’m doing 1 minute run/1 minute walk intervals for 20 minutes. I also include warm ups and cool downs.
Winter has definitely arrived in Calgary. The roads and sidewalks are snowy/icy, so that means that I’ve been running on the treadmill. I would much rather be warm, inside on the treadmill than have to worry about dodging icy patches and worry about slipping. The scenery definitely isn’t as nice in the basement, but it works. I’m definitely looking forwards to spring when I can run outside.
Like I mentioned above, I’ve been doing lots of stretching. Partly to keep the plantar fasciitis away like I mentioned above, and also to keep my hips from getting too tight. They tend to do that when I run, so I’m trying to be proactive before they get too bad.
I’ve been using the Peloton app for stretching after my runs and it’s been a game changer. It was always tough to talk myself into stretching before I started using the app. Now it’s super easy to pick a fast 5 or 10 minute post-run stretch and put it on. Getting my stretching in is somehow much more easier when I don’t have to think about it and I have someone else telling exactly what to do and for how long.
If you live somewhere that gets cold and snowy during the winter, do you prefer running outside or on the treadmill?