I am finally starting to find my groove in running again! I basically had to start all over again with running after my injury but I finally ran 4 miles last Saturday and then Tuesday and Thursday of this week I ran about 3 3/4 of a mile. My pace is much slower now as well. Before my injury I was averaging about a 10 minute mile and even faster during races. Now I am averaging an 11 minute mile and I feel like I am pushing myself to get that done. I know that it is just going to take a little time before I get back to were I was and I am just praying I can go a while without any injuries. I have incorporated a dynamic stretch program before I run and I make sure to do a lot of long and slow stretches when I get done. Another difference in my running is that I have had to adapt to running in the evening. Dave has had to go into work super early the last couple of weeks and I would need to run at 3 am if I wanted to run in the morning. The winter was nice because it didn't really matter what time of day I ran because there was no beating sun to worry about. I have tried running at 10 in the morning and it was already too hot. I have also tried 5 pm and that was still too hot as well. So now I try and go at around 7 or 8 pm and it has usually cooled down enough to not be completely miserable. I don't mind sweating and the heat, but the sun beating down on you while you run is just a feeling I cannot overcome.
I am not sure when I will run another 5k but I have been invited to participate in 2 different marathons towards the end of the year. I am not sure if I am going to do them because I just don't know if I will have that much time to devote to running. I would love to try, but we shall see!