It’s been 4 months since my hip surgery, and 6 weeks since I was cleared to get off the couch and “run”. If I had a mile for every time my PT and surgeon advised me to take it “very slow” and be “very cautious”, I’d be in shape for an ultra by now. But slow and cautious I have been, and it has paid off in the form of nearly 16 miles this week and no set-backs!
I’m not allowed to run outside yet, although I’m planning to plead my case for outside privileges at my next appointment with the medical professionals who have been bossing me around since September. The treadmill has its place, but I’d prefer it return to its previous station in my life–the last resort.
In the past two weeks, I was able to add in two days of back-to-back running without any issue. And my latest run totaled 3.5 pain free miles without walk breaks. I’ve resolved to be kind to myself and resist the temptation to call my training mean names like lame, slow or pathetic. This is a bully free running zone! No minimizing progress or comparing treadmill speeds to the lady next to you (or to the lady you were last year)!
Here’s the skinny on the last two weeks:
Jan 4th – 10th – 12 miles total
Monday – 2.8 miles easy
Tuesday – 45 min elliptical
Wednesday – 3.1 miles easy
Thursday – 3 miles easy
Friday – off
Saturday – 3 miles easy
Sunday – off
Jan 11th – 17th – 16 miles total
Monday – 3.5 miles easy
Tuesday – 3.3 miles easy
Wednesday – off
Thursday – 2.9 miles easy
Friday – 3.0 miles easy (8:23 pace) – This was my first run not on a treadmill. Ran at the indoor track, which was fun and “fast” compared to treadmill!
Saturday – off
Sunday – 3.5 miles easy on the treadmill, followed by an hour practicing XC skate skiing. My technique is still pretty awful, especially up hills. But I can see it being a great cross training activity, especially when my running mileage is limited.