My Physical Therapist gave me clearance to try and run this weekend. The rules were:
1. Stop if it hurts at all
2. Make it a short run (preferably run/walk)
3. Pay attention to how it responds after
I was not going to be stopped from running today though.
So, I hit up the treadmill for 3 slow miles.
The good news: It didn’t hurt!!!
The bad news: It was hard. I feel like I lost a lot of fitness on my time off and it was a lot harder then I remember.
I am excited to build back up and get better. One of my main goals for this year is to get faster. Since I need to come back slowly from my injury AND I’ve lost stamina in my time off – that will be a very long road, but I’m glad to be back on it.
When I got back I was HUNGRY. I had a handful of cereal and then did my hip exercises.
Then, it was real breakfast time. I made my first successful omelet! Normally, my omelets just end up being egg scrambles because I’m not handy with a spatula.
Inside I stuffed it with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and Laughing Cow cheese. I also put some cheese on the top – which made me realize I mightbe eating too much cheese. This is a result of living with a cheese lover (Ben). I’m going to evaluate this later.
After a long shower and some relaxing I ate an apple and am almost ready for lunch. What have I been doing with my day? I still have a lot to do! I better be productive for a while so I can be lazy later 🙂
On post-running injury strategy:
Running forward: Now that I can run again – it doesn’t mean I can run like I used to. I am going to start back very slowly and pay attention to my knee.
I need to continue to do the hip exercises and incorporate more cross training into my plan. I think I am going to run 3 days a week for a month before I increase it to 4. But, I don’t think I’ll run more than 4 days a week for a very long time.
With my next half marathon and full I plan to train 3 to 4 days a week and either Spin or Swim or do Kickboxing for additional cardio. I also really have to incorporate more stretching and yoga!
But – training for a race is a little far off. Right now my runs will be 3 to 5 miles max. as I build back up.
I realize the importance of cross training and stretching more than ever. And this layoff introduced me to kickboxing, which is my obsession right now! I love it and don’t want to stop ever!! In that respect, this time off of running has been a blessing in disguise.
What I’ve learned from NOT running:
– I haven’t gained any weight while not running. I still think losing a few pounds will help me run better and faster, but losing weight is about how much I eat NOT how much I run.
– I realize I love kickboxing and spinning can be fun too <3
– My hips are super tight and weak, so I really have to focus on this.
– I need to rest and fuel my body better.
– If I feel any type of injury coming on I will STOP and not push through it.
– Not running for six weeks isn’t the end of the world, it just sucks really really bad.
– I miss running more in pretty, cool weather; less in cold, windy weather. It killed me not to run in CA, but I didn’t mind dodging snowy sidewalks in MD.
– I am proud to be a runner, it’s part of what defines me. I felt very left out and lonely by not running even though I don’t run with anyone.
Question: Have you ever been “benched” due to an injury or illness? Did you learn anything positive from that experience??
(I really wanted to name this post: “I’m Back Bitches!”, but decided against it reluctantly in the interest of SEO and readers who are offended by cussing. I want an extra point for today.)