One Step At A Time

This little post would probably be better called one mile at a time, but I do not wish to cause any confusion with Lucky’s blog, One Mile At A Time. See, Lucky, now I can’t use that term even in a different context! 🙂 So, we will go with one step at a time.

It has now been over two weeks since my tough Dubai Marathon (don’t worry – reviews on hotels and the race itself are coming soon). It was hard dealing with a disappoint race like that (you can read about overcoming a disappointing race here). Because of many problems I had been having with my left leg (shin splints but thought at one point it may be a stress fracture – very painful) and because of the toughness of the program I had followed (best training cycle I have ever had), I took about 10 days off.

one step at a time

Last week, I started up again. I probably would have just rested a bit more but you really can’t do that with another marathon coming up in three weeks (now two weeks). 🙂 My first run last week was pretty rough. I felt great for the first mile but then it got a lot more difficult. It is amazing how only 10 days of no running can cause months of training to slip away. I ended up with just 40 miles last week after a 16 mile run that went ok.

Today, I had to go back out for another run. I really did not feel like it at all. But, I knew I had to get out and just start running one step at a time. It turned out to be a beautiful day (65 degrees) and the run went far better than I could have hoped. I had planned on trying to do some speed stuff just to check on how I was doing. I did a lot better than I had thought.

There are many times it is difficult to get out and run. The key is to get outside and start moving one step at a time. It may be difficult after a prolonged time away or a difficult race, but the second and third steps are always easier!

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.