My shin has stopped being tender. I can push the area with my thumb and all is fine. I continued with my icing regimen anyhow. I just want to be sure.
At lunch, I took to the trails for an easy 6 mile run. I had planned to take my break a little earlier than usual so I told Mark that I would run alone. But when the time rolled around for me to go, he was also leaving on his run. We were both planning the same run route. It seemed pointless to run separately – only not.
We started the run out together. It was a little faster than I wanted to go for this initial testing stage. We were rapidly getting farther and farther away from the office. Mark had planned to simulate Yasso’s, and I had planned to not do speed. At the end of the parking lot, he began his 1st 3 minutes of fast running while I continued at my own pace behind.
It was hard to let him get that far ahead of me. I tried to resist the urge to go along with him but found that my pace had picked up quite a bit anyhow. I stopped resisting and just let it go. After 3 minutes had passed, Mark turned around to meet back up with me and we continued until his next interval (3 minutes later).
So there I was doing a 6 mile run, and not exactly doing intervals but certainly picking up the pace, holding it for 3 minutes, and then dropping back for 3 minutes. After a while, I noticed that I was running at my Yasso pace and Mark was well ahead. He wasn’t circling back anymore either. He would just walk until I caught up with him.
It was a good run for me. I finished feeling refreshed, happy to be running again, and feeling like I could go for another 6 miles. I iced up for good measure.