I haven’t gone into very much detail about my foot injury lately. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve probably seen that I have been running again. Around the 6 week mark after the Seacoast Half, I was given the OK to give my foot a test run of one mile. It felt good. Really good. Not just my foot and the Peroneus Longus Tendon, but the actual movement of running. I did, however, still have a little tightness in the tendon.
I talked it over with my PT and she gave me the OK to run one mile every other day as long as it felt good. I brightened up immediately when she said that! She warned that it can take up to three months for soft tissue injuries to heal so I still needed to lay low. I faithfully followed through with her orders. Running even one mile was magical.
When I checked in with her last week, I decided to push for a little more mileage since it was feeling fine. We agreed upon me running a 2:1 ratio for the next two weeks. Two miles one day followed by one mile, two days later.
Two whole miles. I was ecstatic! Elated. Overjoyed. Thrilled. Those two miles felt like I was running 13. Not because it took forever but because it gave me freedom. It cleared my head. It made me freakin’ HAPPY.
So am I on my way back to running? I sure hope so but I know it’s going to be a very slow journey to the higher mileage again. I’m not out of the woods with my tendon. I still need to focus on strength. I’m purposely keeping my race schedule open for 2014 right now. I have not registered for anything. It’s been hard to do. I know some of the races I want will be filled before I can seriously even think about running them. But that’s OK. Sure, I like the fun of a goal to chase but ultimately, I just want to run. I want the strength it gives me. The clarity of my mind. The calming of my soul. The quiet of alone time with my foot falls and breath. The time chatting away with friends. I run for me and me alone. If it’s 5 miles or 26.2, I really just want to run.
Wow…I’m getting really deep this week. I must still be riding my yoga high.
And to really make me focus on getting healthy and staying injury free, my PT is leaving me! She’s moving out of the area. Nooooo! She’s been a friend and someone who I really worked well with. She gave me room to experiment and was great about dealing with my stubborn runner ways. I’m going to miss her.
Even though I wish I never met her. 🙂
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