Sunday, May 4, 2014

Testing the Waters

All weekend, I waffled back and forth on whether to do it.   To run, that is.   I spent all day Saturday swimsuit shopping and just the amount of walking left me with incredibly sore legs.  I started to question whether a run would be smart and whether I should just start walking a bit more before I try a run.

And then today hit and I was just too darn antsy to NOT run.  I wanted to know.  I wanted to finally see the progress.  And it had been 6 weeks without running.   SIX. Whole. Weeks.  So I made a deal with myself.  Walk 5 minutes to warm up.  Run slowly for 5 mins (walk if I need to) and then walk 5 minutes to cool down.   Fifteen easy minutes and I was free to stop if it hurt AT ALL.  I will not jeopardize more of my year being stupid.

First time these Kinvara's have been on my feet in a while!

I chose to treadmill it since it was raining/snowing and I didn't want to risk slipping (and didn't really want to get soaked to set myself up for being sick on vacation later this month).   I started out with an easy 10 min/km walk.   It was hard to walk the full 5 mins.  It really was.  I wanted to just run already.  But the 5 was soon over and I could bump up the pace.  Not much.  Just to 8 min/km.

It took a minute to find my rhythm but I felt good.  NO PAIN!  I could definitely FEEL where the fracture had been but NO PAIN!  I was RUNNING!

Such a  bad angle.
The five minutes of running was over far too fast, but I had promised myself that I would take it easy and, as anyone who's been reading this blog for any amount of time knows - I have a hard time taking it easy.   Time to cool down.  and then it was over...

Well - it didn't break any land speed records but it was certainly MUCH faster than my ass has been moving for the past month and a half.   

All in all a success.

So - what now?  I have not actually been cleared to resume running yet.  I tried to get in with my doctor for this past week but the earliest appointment I could get was May 14th.  Le sigh.   So I am making plans.  I am not starting to actually run again.  Not yet.  I am going to keep resting.  I don't know if feeling where the fracture was is a sign that it isn't 100% healed yet or what.  I do not want to take any chances.  BUT I think I am going to start to walk again and get my legs used to taking on mileage again.

When I am finally cleared to run - I am happy to say that I don't think I will need to start from scratch again.  I have managed to keep my cardio up by biking so this wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be.   I will just need to listen to my body and keep my distances low for a bit.

Today's run also gave me a chance to assess whether I think I can take on the Mother's Day 5k next weekend.  I think I can.  That race is so important to me - I really don't want to miss it.  But I will be walking it.  Maybe with a few slow short runs thrown in to up the fun factor for my girlies.  My mind may change on that as the week progresses.   For all I know, this run could leave me really hurting tomorrow.  If I am feeling AT ALL off come next weekend - I will just be spectating the race or cutting the distance short.  

But yeah - I RAN!   Can I get a standing ovation?


  1. Standing. Ovating. You certainly are not starting from scratch, and you'll have your run groove back before you know it.

  2. Awesome! It's scary starting again after injury. You don't want to go too soon and make it worse, but you can't wait to get back at it, even though you know it's gonna be hard. So CONGRATULATIONS! I had to take 9 weeks off after Christmas because of bronchitis, then because of pulled/strained rib muscles because of the bronchitis. It was rough but now it's over :)


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