I just completed week 9 of my 12 week training program. So far I have missed three crosstrains and one run. Not bad at all!
Today my run was 2 miles, and also a warm up, cool down and stretches afterward. For the last couple weeks I have been doing a plank competition with myself after run days. Today I planked for 2 minutes and 20 seconds. It's a new PR!
The two miles took me 27 minutes. I was feeling disappointed that I'm running the same speed now as the beginning of the program. But I was thinking about it today and realized that the point of this program isn't about gaining speed. It's about building up strength in the tendons, muscles, and all the connective tissue to help prevent injury. It's also about increasing endurance. For a beginning runner the workouts are challenging, but doable.
Something else I have been noticing is the pain I feel while running. After one week of running my left Achilles started to swell up during and after every run so bad that I couldn't touch it. Icing it hurt until it went numb. It still hurts while I run, but it's to a much lesser degree and the swelling goes down in an hour, instead of two days. I'm also having improvements in (left) knee pain. I get a twinge while running once or twice instead of every stride. And lastly, for the first 4 weeks I had seriously sore calves after a run day and that has pretty much disappeared now.
People in the weight loss world will recognize NSV as shorthand for Non Scale Victory. But I guess today I had a NSV, Non Speed Victory, with my running. Things are getting way better, if not yet faster.
Faster can wait.