So I got clearance from one of my cardiologists on August 15th (yes, I have more than one cardiologist!) to start training again. I can't tell you how psyched I am about this. I am just jumping up and down with joy. The only thing of which I have to be careful is not to get overly enthusiastic (may be too late), for I will risk injury. I've been running almost everyday, logging in some pretty high mileage in the last two weeks, well, ever since I got the ok from the doc. I can't help it - I've been super cautious for over a year, sad that I can't train, not knowing whether I'll ever be able to train again. So to hear that it is ok to move forward is a big victory for me.
I have decided to train for a spring half-marathon 2013 and a full marathon in the Fall 2013. I have never run a "good" marathon; I want to redeem myself. I think I am more prepared at my ripe (old) age compared with when I first ran my other two marathons (I was in my early twenties). I've hired a coach again - the same one who've trained me for the last few years before the "incident" last June. He trained me for my half-ironman, so knows me very well.
I think we are set to go for September, but in the meantime, I've just been running. Last week, I logged almost 40 miles! I don't remember the last time I did that. Of course, the soreness of my legs and calves this morning are reminding me of these miles. I think I may have to take a rest day today, though I hate having to do so. It is currently raining, but if it clears up later perhaps I'll take Ben out in the jogging stroller for a very light jog.
So what have I planned for this week? Well, I'm up at our chalet, which means I can run on a trail (i.e., soft surface). That is great news, for I really am worried that I am close to injuring my left calf! My coach said he will incorporate cross training, which I know is a good idea, as much as I don't like doing much else other than to run.
Monday - off or light jog with Ben (always harder work to run with stroller!)
Tuesday - 45 minutes easy
Wednesday - Tempo - 10 min WU, 20 min tempo, 10-15 min CD
Thursday - 45 min easy
Friday - off or 30 min easy
Saturday - Long run - 70 min
Sunday - 30 min easy