So I wasn't going to post anything about how this week was going until later on in the week, This being my first real week of running in many months as I work through the end of this injury. But I couldn't help it. I just love running, and even though I have only run now 2 days, it just feels so great and makes me want to share!
I'll post a better review later in the week. But lets just say, day one went pretty good I went exactly as far as I planned and no more. Day two went even better. I went just a little farther than planned, but I had a stopping point and I forced myself to go no more than that. Pain has been mild, and only worse on the one day I worked. Lot's of icing has all the swelling back down, so tomorrow morning should shape up to be another great running day!
I am using my injury as my guide. If it hurts or starts to get worse I will back off or stop. But if it stays the same or even improves, well then I am running!
I didn't get this injury from running, which I why I think I can get back into it again. Even though my next Dr. Appt. with a Specialist isn't until July 1st. We'll see what he says. But I'm being smart so I am not worried!
Not sure if I ever mentioned this. It was an injury I got at work. Sometimes at the library I have to push heavy carts that weigh several hundred pounds, and that stretches things. Well we all know to warm up before and stretch after exercise. But it didn't occur to me to do that at work:) Well lesson learned, guess sometimes you have to learn things the hard way.
Don't get me wrong, I have been very depressed at times with this layoff of my favorite sport. But I keep trying to tell myself that things happen for a reason. Maybe there was a race I would have run, and wasn't supposed to, maybe something worse could have happened. Who knows, and likely I never will. But apparently this is the deck of cards I was dealt and not much I can do about it.
I am lucky though, most people with achilles tendinitis/bursitis injuries like this don't take the time off to heal or keep running on them and create a worse or lifelong problem. The average time I have heard through the many runners I have asked is 6-8 months if you do things right. 1-3+ years if you don't let it heal.
Well I may have taken forever to do it right, I quit running, but I didn't quit working until about a month ago for a few weeks to let it heal. It's made a load of difference!
Anyhow my run Tuesday morning felt great. I had a few moments where I felt no pain and just for that short time I just enjoyed every step!
The hardest thing about being a distance runner is having to force yourself to only run a few short laps at a time. Very hard! Because your body remembers and wants to just go, but at the same time I have to use my head and say stop!
It's going to be a long recovery process, this I know. But I don't care as long as I am running again!
I've gotten so out of shape from so many months off and that's just part of it.
I think the hardest part will be getting my lungs back in shape again and my one knee that has some torn cartilage (which only bothers me when the muscles around it aren't strong... But I'm not worried about it, especially since I have to get back at this so slowly)!!!
But oh well, that is part of the fun of running and the experience of it all! Fingers crossed the rest of the week keeps going great!