This week’s mantra: I have a long way to get back to where I was pre-injury, and even further to get where I want to be- but I’m closer than I was yesterday.
Notice the title change?
Last week, I saw a physical therapist for my peroneal tendonitis, and she told me to test out the ankle. The test runs certainly didn’t feel wonderful, but they didn’t make things worse. My friend who recovered from tendonitis (and is a rockstar ultra runner) suggested that sometimes the body needs the stress of impact to begin rebuilding strength in the bones, tendons, and ligaments. I may have to log some uncomfortable miles at first, but it’ll make me thankful for pain-free running again.
By the end of the week, I was running a bit longer. Some runs were still uncomfortable, but after six weeks off running, you keep the expectations low. You’re asking your body to do something it’s not used to, and you give yourself grace.
Besides that, I’ve tried to be positive. That’s hard sometimes, as this sport has many more high moments than low moments. It’s important to keep a good outlook, but at the same time, you don’t have to sugarcoat it. I’ve shed my share of tears over this injury as well- and that’s perfectly okay.
|Monday||60 min. Arc Trainer + 1.2 mile run|
|Tuesday||60 min. Elliptical + 2.5 mile run|
|Wednesday||3.1 mile run|
|Thursday||60 min. BodyPump|
|Friday||5.1 miles + 60 min. yoga|
|Saturday||60 min. BodyPump + 3.1 miles|
Along with cross training and the easy runs, I did PT stretches every day. Most of these are core/glute exercises, but I also do some foot/ankle exercises.
I also spent a lot of quality time in the “Purple Prison” of Planet Fitness. Honestly, I like the gym- I just hate being there on weekend mornings because those are for running, not cross training.
I didn’t have much confidence going into Tuesday’s test run, so I wore the cotton t-shirt I had on all day. I ended up running 2.5 miles, and that shirt got hot very quickly since it was 83 degrees. Where is Spring, Charleston?
In non-running life, I had an unintentionally busy weekend. On Sunday, I watched NCAA basketball and the Gamecocks making it to the Final Four. I’m glad I watched, even though the game made me miss my usual yoga class. I may be a bandwagon basketball-er, but I’m not a bandwagon Gamecock fan. Every day is a great day to be a Gamecock! Throwback time- this was a great day back in 2008.
Next week’s focus? Base building and less junk food. Easter is the worst time of the year to be injured because all the candy is so good! Thankfully it’s out of the house now- only because I ate it all. When your diet consists of Cadbury eggs and Starburst Jelly Beans, your injury weight gain certainly isn’t all muscle. I plan to keep base building for the next few weeks and savor the simple joys of running again.
I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Check it out here. I’m also linking up with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC. You can check those posts out here.