I wasn't sure how far to go on my back to back runs, and was considering to maybe even try a marathon. The problem is that I don't have time to get injured and be able to successfully complete my training program, so I decided that just going out and running a marathon two days in a row after only getting my body used to running again the last few weeks could be a big mistake. Based on this, I decided to run a half marathon two days in a row instead and see how that went, and then build up from there as necessary.
It has gone surprisingly well, and I only have mild aches now. Today will be a cross training day and I will focus on upper body strength and swimming, so that my legs can have a rest from the impact of running. I also did part of my sandwich run off road so that firstly the impact on my joints would be reduced, and secondly I would start strengthening my ankles on a terrain more similar to the MDS type terrain than asphalt.
On the Tuesday run I went up the Uetliberg. There are plenty of nice trails in the woods and you could run all day there if you wanted. The climb to the top also adds a bit of extra challenge to the run. The thing I noticed when running uphill was a slight ache in my lower back, so I will have to try and do some back strengthening exercises for that.
|View of the Uetliberg from my balcony taken a few days later|
On Wednesday I took Negrita with me for the first part, and we headed to Oerlikon and back. Then I dropped Negrita off at the apartment and headed out again, in the direction of the Zurichberg. I found a nice forest trail on the way to Witikon, where the trail follows the course of a little stream. As with the previous day there were some small climbs on the way, so it is a little bit more of a challenge than running on the flat.
The pace on both days was quite slow, but that doesn't concern me too much, as I could run much faster if I wanted. First I just want to get used to the distances and then I will add some speed. Avoiding injury is the key.