I took a two-day rest after my first run with the cleats. All of my lower leg muscles (the “stabilizers”) were on fire and I knew I should rest. I few doses of Advil helped a lot and this morning I set out for my self-imposed “easy, steady 30 min run”.
As often happens, the distance/time that I intend on running is not what actually happens, for better or worse.
Today it was for the better. It was starting to snow a little bit so I put the cleats on and set out. After the first few minutes I knew that my legs felt stronger already; I felt steadier on the cleats this time.
Ten minutes into the run I started flirting with the idea of going longer, going further. My route had some traffic lights, so I had to stop a few times and stretched the legs. Thirty minutes of running turned into thirty-five, then forty. I had a distance in mind and my legs (and lungs) seemed to tell me I could do it. I had a little bit of soreness in both ankles and in the soleus muscles but I pushed through.
How far did I go?