Clockwise, counterclockwise

Now you’re, walking around in your circles.

Walking around in your circles, yeah.

Walking around in your circles, circles.

Walking around in your circles.

– Rainbow Butt Monkeys, “Circles”

Rehab runs #3 & #4 are in the books, and they were very successful! I took to the track to get rid of the steady pace security of the treadmill and to try a different surface with my foot. For run #3 I ran counter-clockwise and today I ran clockwise, just to see if it would be irritated in a different direction. Both runs were pain free, which I am super stoked about! The only pain I had was a slight pain in my inner ankle when I picked up the pace for the last minute of today’s run, but nothing major. I just really wanted to see what I could do and what sort of progress I am making.

I also played slo-pitch last Friday for the first time in over a month. I ran the bases once and felt ok (probably ran a bit too fast, but it’s hard to run slow after you’ve hit the ball and need to get to first base!). The inside and outside of my arch was a bit sore after two games, likely from planting my foot repeatedly while pitching. Stretching and strengthening exercises continue every day.

I’m really excited about this progress. I have another physio appointment tomorrow so we will see what’s next. I hope to do a road run soon, and I have at least six games of slo-pitch this weekend. 

Rehab Run #3

6 minute walking warm up, 3 minutes running with 1 minute walking (x6), 6 minute walking cool down.

Rehab Run #4

6 minute walking warm up, 4 minutes running with 1 minute walking (x5), 6 minute walking cool down.

Progress is a wonderful thing!

DNS

I was supposed to run a half marathon yesterday. The annual Stampede Road Race. I was striving for a 2:30 finish when I started this training cycle. Instead, I have a Did Not Start. The day came and went, and other than some posts I saw on social media, I didn’t really think about it. I’m in a mental place where I know it wouldn’t have been possible to run, so I wasn’t upset. My focus is on getting healthy so that next year I can come back stronger, and maybe even have a sub-2:30 goal. And with the crazy heat we’ve been having here, I am sort of glad I didn’t have to run it.

Instead, I spent the day with friends and family. It was a great day. No regrets or disappointment with the situation at all.

I did my second rehab run today and it went pretty good. Back on the treadmill and increased my intervals by a minute – 3 minutes running with 1 minute walking for 6 rounds. There is still a bit of stiffness in my toes, but it went away after the second round, same with the bit of pain on the inside ankle. I’m not at the speed I was before the injury, but I’m happy to just be running and seeing improvements. I’m going to try my next rehab run on the track, so fingers crossed it goes well. I know I push myself harder without the security of the treadmill keeping me at a set pace, but I know I will need to reign it in to keep seeing improvements.

Rehab run #2

Getting stronger

I know you’ve all been anxiously waiting to hear an update after my physio appointment this morning, so here it is.

My foot is getting better. The flexibility is increasing, which is great. I need to add some strength and balance exercises into my rehab to get it stronger and better than it was before. I can get off the disabled list with my slo-pitch team (but will need a pinch runner from first base for the next while). I can continue on with the run/walk intervals on the treadmill/track, increasing the running time, but not going longer than 30 minutes total per workout. 

I’m happy with this. I’m healing and getting stronger, and that is what is important right now. It sucks that this setback has happened, and that I had to cancel this week’s half marathon and next month’s marathon, but I know I’m getting older and my body can’t take the poundings I gave it years ago. I’m going to keep up with the deep water running even after I am allowed to return to training, because I know that will keep me healthier for the long term. 

So we will see how the next two weeks go with the new exercises. Physio again in two weeks and hopefully we will see more progress!

So, she runs

I’ve never been nervous before a run, except for my first marathon. Today, as I anticipated the time when I could head to the gym to do my running test, I had butterflies in my stomach. Thoughts swirling around my head that this was going to end badly. 

After an 8 minute walking warmup, I started the cycle of running for 2 minutes, walking for 1. I did that for 7 rounds. I took it easy at a 4 mph pace during the run portions. There was pain in my inner ankle. Some tightness and some niggling (it wasn’t painful but something was there) in my big toe and along the base of my toes on the top of my foot. I wasn’t has fluid and relaxed as I have been. I noticed every little thing that was happening in my right foot and leg. The good thing was there wasn’t so much pain that I had to stop.

A few hours later and my foot is ok. Maybe a little achy, but nothing serious. Physio tomorrow morning so I guess we wait and see what he says.

Patience is a virtue….

Tomorrow

I had dreams last night that I was running. Running on the sidewalks, trails and treadmills. Running in my bare feet, flip flops, running shoes and boots. Running. And then running some more. I was exhausted after all the running, but also exhilirated and excited.

And then I woke up. And I was sad. It’s been more than a month since I’ve run on solid ground. But I know this rehab time is important. I’ve been deep water running in the pool, riding the bike, strength training and doing my foot exercises. But there is nothing like a good run. 

Tomorrow is the day that I can try out this foot on a run. Take it easy on the treadmill – 2 minutes running, 1 minute walking. I’m going to try for 20 minutes pain free.

Wish me luck…