The long awaited ART appointment happened this week and as a result, I was given the green light to start back up with building my fitness. I’ll write a separate post about my ART experience so watch for that. But in the meantime, I was a much more happy camper this week. While I did still feel some pain, it was more of a tolerable pain that felt healing. All of my runs this week felt normal, versus the last two awkward weeks.
On Saturday, I attempted the Black Squirrel 5k in Kent. I had registered for it long before this mishap so I didn’t go into it with any lofty expectations. In fact, I ran pretty close to what I thought I would run (22:45 prediction, 22:35 actual). More importantly, I tried to focus on remaining mentally strong throughout the run, which meant not surrending to discomfort. I felt like I accomplished this goal and cannot wait to put in some more miles and finally try a healthy 5k.
On the home front, I cancelled my cable. On Monday, I had forgotten about my scheduled shut off date until I realized how quiet it had become in my house. Where was the incessant voice of Nancy Grace? Where was the off key duet of a sappy pop song on The Voice? It was quite nerve wracking to be sitting with my computer in silence. But that was the essential reason I cancelled it: I was doing other things when it was on. The TV became comforting background noise. It took a few days to get over the anxiety of silence, much like running without headphones, but I am so happy with my decision. The extra cash now goes to a monthly massage that will be sure to make my muscles happy!
Lastly, I started back up with what I call maintenance post run exercises. The following pictures show the post run routine I try to do at least two times a week. I usually have a harder time doing core work consistently but lunges and squats happen after almost every run. For the core work, I usually do 1-2 x 30-40 seconds each and for the squat/lunges, I do 1-2 x 15-20. Since implementing these auxillary exercises, I have felt less aches and pains during or after longer runs and have also felt stronger.
Sunday: 3 miles easy on the golf course barefoot
Monday: 3 miles easy on the golf course with shoes, began healing process
Tuesday: 4 miles at night in a ritzy neighborhood with James
Wednesday: 6 miles tempo-ish (1 easy, 2 in 16:30, 1 easy, 1 @ 7:12, 1 easy)
Thursday: off, to avoid jumping the shark
Friday: 5 miles easy at Sand Run park
Saturday: 7 miles with a 5k (2 up, 5k in 22:35, 2 down)