This week, I continued my recovery from peroneal tendonitis and added a few more miles.
Coming back from an injury is hard, and I won’t sugarcoat it. I’m grateful to be running, but building a mileage base is not easy. Running doesn’t always feel great- especially when you’ve spent more weeks of 2017 being injured than you have training. I averaged more miles per week in January than I have for the past two months (46 miles in February, 37 miles in March). It’s quite humbling.
I have a long road to to where I was before peroneal tendonitis, and further to get where I want to be. Thankfully, I’m closer than I was last week.
On Monday, I got a sports massage on my ankle/lower leg. After texting Frances that morning, she was able to squeeze me in that afternoon. The next day, my entire lower left leg was sore! I wasn’t in pain, but it felt weird. The sports massage was probably the most intense I’ve ever had, so I took Tuesday off to have a full 48 hours to recover from the massage.
On Wednesday, a group of us met to run the Newington Plantation neighborhood in Summerville. It’s the hilliest neighborhood in town, although it wouldn’t qualify as hilly anywhere outside of Charleston. Wednesday’s run was hard. I looked at my watch at the end and saw the average pace for 4 miles was a minute slower than what I ran at the Charleston Half Marathon in January, yet I was breathing super hard and felt trashed. I’ve lost a lot of fitness and have a long way to go.
Even tough runs are better shared with friends and training partners.
On Saturday, I ran the Cooper River Bridge Run. This was my longest run in almost two months, and my only goals were to make it to the finish with no NEW injuries and to have fun. I encouraged the runners I knew when I ran by them or with them, and I thanked the National Guard, police officers, and volunteers. I even took a chocolate chip cookie from a spectator at Mile 4; I’d never do that in a race, but I guess there’s a first time for everything.
A number of my friends placed or set new PRs and I’m very proud of them. Shawanna, Emily, and I took a picture with one of the overall females too- she is blazing fast (and tiny like me).
Next up for me is the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon 5K, which is Saturday. I’m excited to visit Savannah for the first time, run the 5K, and do the free yoga class on Sunday morning. I’m a race ambassador and have a discount to share, so if you are in the Savannah area and want to run, register at this link to save $15.
Congratulations to everyone who ran or raced this weekend, and I hope we all have a great week!
|Monday||4.1 miles + sports massage|
|Tuesday||60 min. yoga|
|Thursday||5.1 miles + 60 min. BodyPump|
|Saturday||Cooper River Bridge Run 10K (48:24)|
|Sunday||3.2 miles + 60 min. yoga|