After 1) pool running my butt off and 2) trying so hard to do everything right throughout this injury rehab I had managed to convince myself that I was going to get cleared to run on June 29. Spoiler alert, I did not get cleared to run on the 29th. But I am now *YAY* Below is a brief rehash.
June 29 – I walked into the orthopedists office like a little kid on their first day of school. I had new shoes, a snazzy outfit and was in high spirits. Despite my attempt to look the part, and the healing process ‘looking good’, I was not cleared to run for another 10-14 days. Needless to say, I was pissed, upset, and devastated … I was able to keep up with the cross training because I had an end date in mind. However, I was blindly working towards this date with no real reason. He never said he’d clear me 6 weeks post diagnosis, he did say that we would REASSESS.
Being frustrated, and being me, I had heard what I wanted to hear. I stumbled over my bottom lip on the way out of the doctor’s office and headed to the gym. Not the sunny easy run I’d been dreaming
about. I lasted all of 20 minutes on the elliptical and was
in such a funk I decided to call it quits for the day. June 29 initiated a minor pity party which lasted a couple of days before we headed to La Jolla for five days over July 4th. I opted not to take my running shoes and to let this be a true vacation and the final long rest phase of this shin ordeal. It was impossible to be in a bad mood in such a beautiful place and surrounded with great company. The trip was a fantastic break. We red eyed home on Tuesday night and I returned feeling greatly refreshed after a very indulgent long weekend!
Here is what I did manage to do amidst feeling very sorry for myself.
June 27: 30mins elliptical, 30mins strength and core exercises
June 28: 60mins elliptical
June 29: 20mins elliptical – blah … I can not cross train ANYMORE
June 30: Relapse. I can’t even recall what happened today but apparently I decided that a run was in order. I ran 4 miles near our apartment a little under 8min pace. Shin didn’t hurt while running.
July 1: Shit, why does my shin hurt???
July 2-5: Vacation without any running/workout shoes or clothes. We were busy the entire time so I didn’t feel too bad about this long break.
July 6: 60 mins elliptical. 4 mile walk after dinner with hubs
July 7: Reunited with pool running. 20min warm up, 20x 1:30 hard with 30 seconds rest between, 10mins easy.
July 8: 60min brisk walk
July 9: *cue all the happy emojis* I CAN RUN AGAIN!!!!! 4x (4min walk/10min jog). Despite feeling kind of lame walking while running this is a great way to ease back into training and not overload my shin with 4-6x my bodyweight for much longer than it’s currently used to.
July 10: No ill effects from yesterday, permission to continue. 30mins on grass and trails focusing on keeping my heart rate low (below 130).
The next few weeks will be a test of patience and not doing something stupid. I am optimistic that that my May & June pool running efforts will serve me well despite slacking off these past two weeks. I plan to incorporate walk/run combos for the next two weeks just to play it safe before I delve into marathon training.