Pesto’s Training Log – 7.10.16

invite pityAfter 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

Views like this didn't make me feel too terrible about not running
Views like this didn’t make me feel too terrible about not running

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

The much anticipated 'first run back'
The much anticipated ‘first run back’

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.

I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience while sipping on wine & coffee in Northern Virginia. Together with my husband and Rhodesian Ridgeback, Gracie we battle to keep the Tupperware cupboard organized for more than two days at time. I recently ran my first marathon (2:51) and am excited for what is to come. I like to ramble about running post injury, finding a work-life balance and running quickly.

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  1. 1. I’m so glad you had a great trip away for the 4th and were able to enjoy it even not running (those views though!). 2. So glad you are running again!!!!!!!!

  2. So happy to be back! Nothing makes you miss something like not being able to against your own will! And yes, as I’m sure you can vouch – a little getaway (somewhere pretty is a perk) can be super therapeutic 🙂