I have decided to attempt the Furman FIRST running program. It consists of running 3 days a week and 2 days of cross-training. Seems easy enough, right? Wrong! The 3 runs are difficult. Intervals, tempo and a long run. The paces and plans are layed out in the book and very easy to understand. The paces are extremely fast. But I'm at a place where I know I can be faster and run further. I just need instructions on how to do it. The foot injury is almost gone (knock on wood). I probably will continue to tape and wrap just for support and peace of mind. It feels good to be back on track and I have a feeling that I'm going to see improvements in my time and distance real soon.
One thing that seems to remain true is when my running is "ON", the other areas of my life are as well. I've said it before, but running is my therapy. My happy place. Where I go to battle my biggest competition---> ME!