This time last year I ran a 20 miler on the treadmill because the roads were covered in ice and snow and it was 5 below zero. But of course, now that I’m coming back from an injury and can only wog (walk/jog) a few miles a week, NOW the roads are 100% clear and temps have stayed in the 30s for weeks! But you know what’s crazy? If I could, I’d choose running 20 miles on the treadmill over a 4.5 mile walk/run outside! Obviously the latter is much more enjoyable, but I so miss being able to push myself in training and that amazing feeling of accomplishment when I successfully tackle something I never imagined I could do. It’s gotten so bad that I actually miss TEMPO runs. (Remind me of that when I’m back to whining about them again in February.)
As I’ve mentioned before, my return to base mileage is going very, very slowly. My physical therapist put me on a really conservative return to run schedule, customized just for me and my inferior cry-baby tendons. Just to be clear, he didn’t call my tendons cry-babies. That was my term. But he implied it. I’ve had issues with PTT and that, coupled with the stress fracture, well, I guess I’m not as resilient as I’d like to think I am. Anyway. One of the things he suggested was to do a long walk in place of a long run to get the tendons (tibial, achilles/ plantar fascia, etc) adjusted to the stress of use without giving them a complete beating from the get-go. I wasn’t sure how I’d manage a 2 hour walk without going insane wishing it was a 2 hour run, but it surprisingly turned into one of my favorite “workouts” this week!
Here’s what this week looked like for me:
Monday – 30 minutes elliptical, then 30 minutes weights
Tuesday – PT appointment, in which I’m given an even more conservative plan than Dr. Google gave me. Damn. Ran 4.4 miles (6×5 minute runs w/ 2 min walk breaks) while I tried to be grateful I was running at all. I did finally get outside for a run which truly was all kinds of wonderful.
Wednesday– 60 minutes elliptical. Therapist told me to do an hour of elliptical 2x week, again trying to get as much load bearing/ tendon stressing in without the high impact.
Thursday- 9.7 miles! Brisk walk for 2 hours with 6×5 min runs with 2 min walks mixed in at the beginning. Walked for 10 minutes, then started the 6×5 min. I felt really good the whole way through. The last part of the walk it was so tempting to run, but I only let myself do a few 20 second jogs here/ there. I was tempted to walk longer to round up to 10 miles, but didn’t want to miss Pilates class. Hit the gym for 50 minutes of pilates.
Friday– 60 minutes elliptical. Second verse, same as the first. It’s torture to be in the gym when the roads and skies are clear and perfect for running!
Saturday – 4.5 miles (6×5 min runs again). Had to do this one on the treadmill, but felt good! No residual pain on foot. Left quad/outside hip was a little stiff/sore when I first woke up, I think maybe from the elliptical? But I felt great during the run. Afterwards still a little sore, but nothing bad.
Sunday – Off. Tooled around town and got the whole family’s cross country skis ready for the season. Now if we just had some snow!
Total – Run/Walk: 18.6 miles, Elliptical: 2.5 hours, Weights/ Pilates: 1.5 hours