Monday, April 23, 2012

Moving On Down...

Transition-wise, this was a big week for me.  Here are the highlights:

1) My monthly orthopedic massage appointment rolled around, and it was the first time I needed the reminder call.  Generally, my back hurts so much by the 4th week that I am counting down the days to my appointment.  It was also the first time I didn't get chastised for the shape my back was in.  After a few minutes of my not flinching at the therapist's every touch, she commented "So you finally stopped running, huh?  I can really tell.  This is the best your back has felt since you started coming here."  She couldn't believe it when I told her I was running more than ever, but had transitioned to a less impactful style of running that was making all the difference. 
2) I comfortably ran every run this week at a 1 minute faster per mile pace than what I'd previously done to this point.
3) My calves don't hurt. At all. 

With this, it looks like it's time for me to hang up my Road-X 238's and go down to the Road-X 233's.  I began running in the 238's in early February, which means it took me right around 12 weeks to comfortably transition into the 9mm drop and get ready for the 6mm differential.  I plan to approach this next step pretty cautiously to make sure I don't undo any of the great progress I've made, but I am looking forward to continuing this journey!

-Nicole

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