Saturday, April 14, 2012
Coming back from the foot injury, I ran on Saturday. Then I waited a week, and ran the following Saturday. By the following Tuesday, the foot felt good enough to run again; but I didn't find the time till Thursday noon. The plan was to run twice this week, with the second time being Saturday morning.
This morning I did some test jogging up and down my hallway, and felt the injured foot. It was kinda sorta okay, and maybe I could have run on it; but I felt it more than in past days. I made the executive decision that running three miles on that foot was too likely to aggravate it, and walked those miles instead.
I'll see if the foot is enough better tomorrow that I'm willing to try a run. I hope so, as I really want to get back to running regularly. But it appears that this will be a slow process. I am now 80% sure that I'll bail on the half marathon two weeks from tomorrow. I'd certainly bail if it were tomorrow; I don't think my foot is in shape to tolerate 13 miles of run-walk, and maybe not even 13 miles of continual walking.
It's possible that the foot will improve enough to convince me to run-walk the HM route in two weeks; but that's not my current expectation. So right now, my sights are set on continuing the rehab, and getting back to where I can ultimately run 4 days a week. If I don't do anything stupid, I should be in good shape to run the 3.5 mile Chase Corporate Challenge at the end of May. Yesterday's effort convinces me that I'll have a decent shot of making my stretch goal of 24 minutes for the CCC.
Probably the fact that work is busy right now is a Good Thing for my foot rehab. It gives me something to do when I shouldn't be overdoing the running. Too bad that situation is likely to last longer than my need to limit running will last.
One step at a time. Right now, I'm looking forward to being able to run twice a week. I think I'm there, physically; but I didn't manage to space the runs out appropriately to work that in this week. I'll have to give it another shot next week.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
This morning was something of a disaster at work. Things popped up that prevented me from making much progress on the big priority, and I got a bit fried mentally. So it was a perfect day to cut out a bit early and get a run on my lunch hour.
I ran close to a familiar route, altered a little for the changing patterns of road construction since my last run downtown. I wasn't trying to run fast, and even slowed down deliberately a couple of times. I adjusted the tail end of the run to be 25 minutes total, for that fifth Spark Point.
It mapped out to 3.58 miles in 25:02, for an average pace of a fraction of a second under 7:00 per mile. I could have sworn I wasn't running that fast. But then again, I do tend to run faster at lunch from the gym than from home; maybe the walk to the gym is a better warmup than I get at home? Or maybe it's the psychology of running a trail with other people on it. I'll probably never figure it out.
The run felt good. The injured foot didn't complain much afterward. But I did raise blisters on the balls of my feet. Hmm. I need to re-develop those runner's calluses. That probably won't happen in the two weeks between now and the HM I'm signed up for.
We'll see how the feet feel tomorrow, which will definitely be a non-running day. Right after today's run, I thought the HM would be a no-go; now I'm willing to wait out the two weeks and see where the running rehab takes me. If the calluses redevelop, I can probably run-walk the HM. But we'll see. If it still feels like rehab two weeks from now, it would probably be wiser to bail on the HM and work on getting back the ability to run regularly for pleasure.
Saturday, April 07, 2012
This morning it was 30° F (-1° C) and sunny. It had been a week since my first run back from injury, and my foot was feeling a little better than a week ago. Even though it might have been better to let the foot rest, I couldn't let this great running weather go to waste.
I ran an easy 3.48 miles in 25:42, for a 7:23 pace per mile. I tried to pay attention to my stride form and the bad foot. The foot bothered me at first, then didn't, then ached again during the walking cooldown. I had visions of a repeat of last week, where the foot went backwards and it took me most of the week to recover. So far, it's not that bad. The foot hasn't ached as badly today as it did after last Saturday's run.
I even got the lawn mowed for the first time of the season, prudently taping up the foot in recognition of the fact that my lawn mowing boots don't have good arch support. What with one thing and another, I'm over 15K steps for the day. This is the first time I've been over 13K since the foot was injured.
Tomorrow I'll tape the foot again to go to church. Hopefully all will be well, and I can try another short run some evening next week; but it won't be the end of the world if I have to wait a week, or even two weeks for the next run. I've shown that I can still run, if the foot will tolerate it.
It is now three weeks to the half marathon I signed up for. It is very unlikely that I will be able to run that course. I am hopeful that I will be recovered enough to run part of it and walk part of it; but the call on whether to attempt it may come down to the weekend of the HM.
If I have to choose, I'd rather be able to run 3 miles 3 days a week in May than run a half marathon on April 29. I hope it doesn't come down to a choice between those two options; but if it does, I know which way I want to choose.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Today was Day 10 of a streak of 10K+ steps per day. It feels good to be able to walk, to not have to deliberately limit steps, to have that stress relief at lunch, and to put in a sub-15 minute pace even while reading an e-book.
What doesn't feel as good is the bad foot. After 10 days of this, I think it's slowing down the healing. The obvious course of action is to break the 10K step streak and back off a bit. Dang, I don't want to do that. I want to run!
But . . . things are busy at work. The first priority in taking care of myself has to be watching when I go to bed so I get enough sleep. After that, comes getting enough exercise. (Nutrition is also important, but I'm not having any difficulty eating to plan.)
I don't know if I can make myself give up the lunch walks, and with a lunch walk I'm going to break 10K steps on a work day. I certainly can refrain from running; the question is how much restraint is required. It's pretty clear that I can't handle running 3 days a week right now. I tentatively think I'll try running again on Saturday, a week after that first run; but I need to feel improvement in the foot.
I don't know which is more frustrating, not being able to run or being able to but not sure how much I can handle without re-injury. Just have to fumble my way through this as best I can, I guess.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
This morning, the bad foot felt as good as it did last Friday. Not better, but just as good. If I were free to arrange my life around exercise today, I would have gone running this morning and cut the walking steps because the foot isn't really normal yet.
In the world I really live in, I have to go to work. Work is rather busy right now. To run on my lunch hour, I need to stretch the lunch; and that isn't practical. But there was enough stress in the office job that I had to get out. So I took a walk at lunch, which was okay for exercise and good for stress relief. Then I got some quality work time in late in the afternoon, which means less evening time for myself.
I chose to devote my evening time to a relaxed dinner and Sparking. I *could* have gone for a short run, but I didn't. I have several reasons for this.
With over 11K steps in for the day, the bad foot is reminding me that it isn't back to normal. It would be an overstatement to say it hurts, but it is reminding me that it's there.
I'm also struggling with getting enough sleep. Running would take an hour out of an already shortened evening, and decrease the chance of getting to bed on time.
There may be a bit of slothfulness in the mix. I feel like doing some sedentary things, maybe even getting a small amount of work done for my paid job.
But the big reason I'm not running today is fear. I'm afraid of aggravating that bad foot and not being able to walk briskly for a few weeks. With the way work is going, that would really suck.
So there it is. Maybe I'm being wise, maybe I'm being over-cautious, maybe I'm making excuses for myself. I don't know. Tomorrow and Thursday I have evening commitments that will preclude running. Friday I'm taking the afternoon off, so maybe then; or maybe I won't get another run in till Saturday.
That would put me at a week between runs, but that's the way life is for me right now. I can live with this for now, as long as I can get a stress-relief walk in on my lunch hour.
The running will return. It's just not returning as quickly as I had hoped last Saturday.
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