Running has been going great! It's hard and the leg is still hurting, but I really do feel like I'm getting stronger. I ran 50 minutes on Tuesday, 32 on Wednesday, 40 on Thursday, 44 on Saturday (Trails), and 50 today. I'm estimating that to be about 20 miles.
The trails are definitely harder, but I was so proud of myself for running the whole way. It was gradually sloped, with uphill the whole way back, but I kept going without walking. It helped that Ed was with me. I had him run behind me so that he wouldn't speed me up too much, but it was great to have the company. Today's 50 minutes definitely took it out of me, though. I ended up feeling pretty zapped of energy afterwards and got a bad headache, despite bringing water with me and, I thought, hydrating well. Still, it felt great to be moving for that long.
My current plan, despite my desire to start training for something, is to just keep doing what I'm doing. I've been saying for years that if I could only run 3 miles a few days a week, I'd be happy. Now I'm doing more than that, so I need to feel content with what I'm able to do. I'm going to keep doing my mixture of 30 - 50 minutes of running 4-5 days a week until it gets comfortable. Right now, it's better, but not comfortable.
I do think I might have my first 'goal' race to put on the calendar. Ed is doing the Big Sur marathon in April, and I think I might sign up for the 10.6 mile option. The only downside is no technical shirt, but otherwise, it seems like a good option. Of course, part of me wants to sign up for the 21 mile option, but that definitely would be too ambitious, especially if I want to keep from getting even more injured. It would be a beautiful run, and it would be fun to run the last 10 miles of this great marathon course.
Tomorrow is a day off, and I'm looking forward to giving the leg a rest. I hope that next week is as good as this one :)