Building Mileage

It has been and continues to be a long trip back from injury, but I have started to make some progress that actually feels like that - progress.  I spent nearly a month running no more than 1 mile at a time, and not very many times a week.  I then graduated up to 2 miles, and then finally 3.1 miles where I have been for some time once again.

There has just been something about going beyond the 3.1 mile distance that has been intimidating, even to the point that it seemed that I would never make it beyond the 5k distance.  That is, until this past week.

June 2nd was a really nice Saturday, but I had a lot on my plate.  I finished up a couple things and then headed out for a late morning run.  69 degrees and sunny and yet I still almost talked myself into cutting it to the 3.1 mile distance again.  The discipline won out and I ran my first 4 miler in over 6 months!

The run was slow, but consistent with splits of 10:09, 10:08, 10:06, and 9:32 which I was very pleased with given the hills I once again started to incorporate into my run.  I dropped back to the 3.1 and even 2 mile distances since then and just today ventured out for my second 4 miler.  Today's splits were not quite as consistent, but in the end a bit faster at 10:22, 9:59, 10:04, and 9:18.

It is hard to believe that I had not run 4 miles straight since November 22nd, but I guess these times will come.  I have a long way to go still, but I will get there.  The next time I post I will be officially registered for my first 13.1 back after the injury..... how is that for motivation?

Keep the encouragement coming, and tell your friends about 26.2 Quest!


  1. I'm really glad to see you are getting back into it!

  2. Thanks Andrew, it is good to get back at it :)

  3. I am about the same place as you. I am up to 5 miles at this point. I am just going for a half though. Good luck on building back up!

  4. Thanks Dominic, good luck with your recovery!

  5. I'm struggling with injuries, too, so I can really appreciate the gradual progress and baby steps.

  6.  Thanks!  I am sorry you too are taking the baby steps right now.

  7. Thanks, Tim.  Moses and I somehow both ended up with the same injury - the Achilles (opposite feet, though).  I wish all of us speedy healing.

  8. I saw the Building Mileage title and thought so how long
    does it take? After 8 months off with an Achilles injury I am just starting with
    2 mile runs. I can’t remember ever getting in shape just being in shape. Can I
    even think of racing this fall?  

  9. Nothing wrong with low miles, as long as you keep tacking some on.
    Run on man.