... and back to visiting my old friend, as you can see in the photo (the Colosseum is just behind me - that's the Arch of Constantine in the photo). I was able to go out on Sunday morning as my husband was in Rome so I could sneak out leaving everyone sleeping without worries. I had a truly wonderful time - better than I imagined, I think I had forgotten how much I enjoy myself. I am so happy to be back out there.
A round trip from home to the Colosseum and back (without detours or laps of the amphitheatre) is a perfect 5k, and that's what I did, as before - but that included five minutes warm up and cool down, plus two short walking pauses of a couple of minutes each. Took it all quite slowly - I have no idea how long I took as I didn't time anything, since I didn't have to be back for work. Had to keep reminding myself not to speed up too much and to be honest I would happily have done more but it was twelve days since my last run and I know that when you hurt yourself, you don't necessarily feel it at the time, so I tried to exercise restraint.
Today I am pleased to say that I have absolutely no twinges or soreness of any type. I addition I have no idea how many kilometres I covered walking this weekend but I swear that it was like a blooming ultramarathon.
The sense that something is not ok with my right foot remains (though it is not causing pain now) and I still need to look into it, but I am pretty sure it's not something caused by running. I did have problems with the same foot with dance (classical) but that was many, many moons ago and tbh until recently I'd forgotten about it.
I'd hoped to make an appointment over the weekend but didn't get round to it - have been absurdly busy.
As for how to go from here - I was thinking about approaching my next three runs in a similar way to yesterday's - not paying too much attention to time and with walking intervals - and then getting back on the programme. Experts out there, what do you think? Also, I had just done W7R2 before ending up on the IC. Assuming all goes well over the next week, should I then think in terms of picking up where I left off, or go back a bit? Any advice gratefully received!