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

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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…

Still paused

I got an update on my foot injury today. The good news is that it’s not a stress fracture. But, there is some damage to the ligament between the tibia and fibula…the right distal (outer) tibiofibular syndesmosis (The point just above the ankle where these two bones meet is called the syndesmosis). (Thanks Google for the help figuring out what all these big words mean!)

I have an appointment with the physiotherapist tomorrow to figure out how to make it all better so I can run again, but for now, it’s still just stationary bike and water running. I’m also focusing on upper body strength training more, and working on my pull-ups (a long-standing goal for me).

I’ve also decided I will not be running the marathon this year, even if I can get back to running fairly soon. I had a goal in my head. I’ve been off training for almost three weeks. It will be hard to get back to where I need to be to meet my goal, and I don’t want to push myself and risk further injury. It was a hard decision to make, but I know it will be for the best in the long run.

So, continue to stay tuned. I will know more after physio tomorrow.

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