The Injury Update

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I think I’m due for a injury update. This is primarily a running blog after all and there really hasn’t been too much chatter about it since November.

Since my last update back in early January, things were going very well. I was s-l-o-w-l-y inching my mileage up. I was prepared for hitting a 5 miler when I got slammed with the respiratory plague in early February. All running (and working out) came to a screeching halt for 2 weeks.

Last week I was back at it finally. The first run was a tough 2 miles. There was a lot of coughing and my legs were fatigued after the first mile. The second run, two days later, was much better. Since then I’ve been feeling like pre-plague me.

Over the weekend I ran my farthest distance since November, 4.25 miles. It was an absolutely gorgeous day of 48 degrees, sunshine and blue blue sky. I even wore shorts! I wanted to go farther but capped myself. I can’t say that my tendon feels entirely healed. It still feels different than the other foot. No pain, just different. I guess you could describe it as feeling tight. I’ve been told that soft tissue injuries like this can take up to three months to heal. However, that’s for someone who’s in their teens. Since I haven’t been a teenager in quite some time, I can expect it to take longer. How long? I wish I knew.

I know I said I’d keep my race calendar clear so as not to entice me to push things. I already spilled the beans that I’m registered for Wallis Sands Half Marathon in May. And now I registered for a 5k in March. Yes that’s right. I WILL be running my first in real life 5k. FINALLY! Right now I’m saying neither one will be “raced” but more of running for fun.

My plan right now is to keep the slow baby steps in mileage. I never thought I’d be this conservative with coming back. Back in November, the thought of taking even 2 weeks off sounded like torture. But I’ve survived a total of 8 weeks of absolutely no running with this injury. I’ve spent the past 14 weeks getting stronger, resting and taking it nice and easy. It’s still a work in progress. I’m not going to mess up a good thing with being a stubborn runner. Of course, I miss my running friends. I crave a 10 mile run. I get insanely jealous of hearing and seeing others training for big races. Reading race recaps? Forget it!

On the bright side, the horrible winter weather has made it a little bit easier to deal with no running. I am NOT missing frozen nostrils, browsicles and 10,000 layers of clothing. In fact, I think my badass winter runner card has been revoked. I’ll have to reapply next year!

38 comments on “The Injury Update

  1. You are doing everything right with your injury! I love that you got to run in that balmy 48 degree weather as your first “long” run. And, as you know, you are not missing out on the other days of frigid temps. You also forgot about the mountain of laundry from ALL the clothes, hats, gloves and neck warmers. Boooooo!!!!
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  2. We really are singing a similar tune today! Stay the patience course; it will pay off. And I agree–tendon healing is slow going. Mine are not perfect but holding on well, so that’s what my focus is. I think we need a gal race meet up to celebrate our return to normal!
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  3. You are smart of hold back to let your injury heal. I don’t run outside in the winter, not because of injury, but simply because I can’t handle running in the cold. It’s the WORST. So when the temperatures went up this weekend I was all over running outside. Wow! What a difference sunshine and above 50 degrees makes. It was so nice to not be on the treadmill. Now if only the warm temps would stay. grrr.
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  4. You are doing great! So happy things are starting to move in the right direction! I am sure you will be back before you know it!

    I have had a few soft tissue injuries, and yes, it will feel tight for a little while, yes you will have insane paranoia that it is coming back, and yes, it does make it hard to enjoy the run like everyone is telling you. BUT I can promise it will go away and you will feel better. Just try not to focus on it as much as you can. You are a tough cookie though so I know you will make it through! Keep up the good work 🙂
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  5. It’s tough getting back into the swing of things after an injury 🙁 And cold/flue season NEVER helps that! (I know that feeling). Sounds like you’re doing a great job of slowly easing back in and listening to your body — sending positive running vibes your way. And praying for a quick return of spring 🙂
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  6. If there is ever a good time to be injured, it is during a winter like yours!
    It sounds like you are doing all the right things and is great that you are getting better. I look forward to hearing about your races!
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  7. Injury is so hard! On the bright side your injury is happening during the cold months and not during the spring and summer! You are getting stronger and it sounds like you will be back at it just in time to get out there shorts and maybe even a tank top!! I dream of those days!
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  8. Great to hear you are bouncing back so quick after being sick. Respiratory stuff is rough. I had my butt kicked by a plague back in Nov. it took me a bunch of runs to start to feel normal! Glad to hear you some events to look forward to! It’s always fun to think about your next race 🙂
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