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The Weekly Mile: Week 8 (Doctor's Orders)

Monday, June 04, 2012

I can't run this week. And that sucks. I also can't swim, and that sucks more. I was in for a minor abdominal procedure over the weekend - nothing serious - but when I questioned about the recovery period and when I could start running again, the nurse looked at me like I was nuts and said "I would suggest nothing for this week - we'd prefer you rest for 2 weeks, but if you feel ok, you could start SLOWLY next week." Gah. Bad timing. I have a Half to run in another 3 weeks. Now is NOT the time to be laid up on bed rest.

Well - it's not exactly bed rest - I'm fine. I'm up and about. Nothing really hurts anymore. But I don't want to do any damage, so I'm trying to be supportive and follow orders, when all I really want to do is run. So I'm walking. They didn't tell me I can't walk!

Anyway - this issue that I've been dealing with for a while now, which will now no longer be an issue, thankfully, has really been giving me some grief over the past couple of weeks - so not only is it affecting THIS week, it really affected last week's schedule. I got in my head again about 7 miles not being enough on Thursday night, even though that's what was planned. So I adjusted my thinking and pig-headedly determined that I was going to run a 15K (9.3 miles) instead. But by the time Thursday actually rolled around - freezing cold, pouring rain, and me feeling really crappy - not only did I not run 9.3 miles, I didn't run anything at all. So my grand mileage total for last week? 3 miles. Yuck.

Sometimes training is sidelined due to injury - I just have to look at this as one of those things. You try to complete training runs injury free - and so far, since this issue was unrelated to running, I'm doing pretty good in the health department. But people get sick, colds strike in the middle of summer, and sometimes things happen that are beyond your control and need immediate attention. So you take the time, heal and come back stronger and better when you are given the go-ahead.

Until walk. A lot.

Week 8 Schedule (Completed):

Mon - Rest
Tue - 3 miles
Wed - Rest
Thu - Skipped run
Fri - Skipped run
Sat - Rest (I'm going in for a minor procedure this day, so I'm going to have to put training on hold for a couple of days - hoping I get clearance to resume running by Monday or Tuesday next week)
Sun - Rest

Total Weekly Miles: 3 (ewww!)
Total Weekly Calories Burned: 426 (double ewww!)
Weekly Weigh-In: 183.6 - still going in the right direction!

Week 9 Schedule:

Mon - 2.5 mile walk
Tue - Rest
Wed - 2-3 mile walk/run
Thu - Rest
Fri - 5 mile walk/run
Sat - Rest
Sun - 15K (9.3 mile run) - I don't care - I will be better by this day...hopefully
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    I know it's going to be hard for you to take it easy, but hang in there. Resting right now is the best thing to do, and I love your plan for the next week.
    2448 days ago
    I'm sure it's super tough to wait out the healing, but your body will thank you! Walking is a great way to stay in the game. Good luck on your recovery AND your upcoming race!!
    2449 days ago
    Just make sure you take the time to heal properly as you don't want this to put you out of being able to run your race. Hope the healing is quick and you feel up to running very soon!
    2449 days ago
    Injuries and other medical emergencies suck but you're absolutely doing the right thing by giving yourself the time and mental space to heal. Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery! emoticon
    2449 days ago
    I read the blog title and went UH OH! I have been under doctors orders not to swim before and it is miserable. I don't run but I swim laps and do water aerobics and go crazy when I don't get my pool time in. I also do a long stretching session in the pool on Wednesdays and if I skip it my body lets me know that it is not happy. I hope you are better quickly and back on track.

    I wonder why the nurse looked at you like you were nuts? Has she never heard of people who like to run for exercise?
    2449 days ago
    You'll do fine. Hang in there. Your hard work will pay off.

    2449 days ago
  • PJH2028
    Injury SUCKS!!! I can't use my right arm (no tennis, no weight training, not even lots of yoga poses) for minimum six weeks!!!! Tendonitis.

    Think LONG TERM is what I keep telling myself.
    Do the right thing. GET WELL. And then get back to fun and frolic... bizness... or whatevertocalllit.

    Still... the momentum is the thing so tender with me. Superstition is part of it. And... TODAY I say... taking the superstition out of it... is a gift.

    I WISH YOU the return to momentum when you are ready for it.

    2449 days ago
    Good to hear that you are okay. As hard as it can be, it is good that you are following orders. As you know, it can only aid in the process of healing faster. Plus, you'll be out there running before you know it. Until then, enjoy the time you have to walk.
    2449 days ago
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