Anyway, since this is technically a running blog, I suppose I should blog about running a little bit here and there. I think I was hesitant to do so because I didn't want to jinx myself, but the ankle/Achilles issue that I had been having seems to pretty much healed after 6 weeks off and 3 weeks in a boot. What's even better, is despite taking all of that time off, I seem to be bouncing back pretty well. Hooray! I've been running fairly consistently since January 1st, including a few speedwork sessions, some hill repeats and even a double digit run (barely, it was 10 miles). I'm trying to be smart about things, including icing, foam rolling, working in some legit cross/strength training and really not pushing it too hard... yet. For example, today Heather and I did 800 repeats. We had 5 on the schedule but ended up calling it good at 4. Heather suggested maybe just another 400, but my ankle was starting to speak up and despite the injury it does to my pride, I'm trying really hard to listen.
It feels so good to be running. My first decent run, happened when the kids and I were visiting my parents in Klamath Falls. As much as I love running in the green and leafy world of the Willamette Valley and Oregon Coast, sometimes a trip out in to the farmlands of Southern Oregon makes for a great change of scenery... at least the sun is usually shining.