5 Minute Run

So, I went for a run last night. My doctor’s orders are explicit: I must not run through the tightness/pain once it comes on. However, I can run until the pain comes on.

I haven’t been doing that because it honestly starts within the first five minutes.Last night I made it to about five minutes on the dot before the tightness was too much to ignore.

It’s so sad because the first two minutes of the run I felt GREAT. Around 3 minutes in I could start feeling the tightness start building and by five minutes in the issue was full on. This is exactly the same timeline as the last time I ran on June 9th.

You know what though? I’ll take it! Five minutes is better than zero minutes, and running a short amount of time at least means I’m outdoors in the fresh air.

After the run I walked for a little while, taking pictures and listening to my podcasts. The whole thing honestly brightened my mood so much.

That five minute run reminded me: why I’m seeing the doctor so often, why I’m spending so much on co-pays, why I should have the painful looking compartment syndrome test and why I’m a runner.

I know I said this already but it’s so relaxing. I mean, not on speed work days but it’s been so long since I’ve had one of those that I forgot what they’re like anyway. I know soon enough I’ll be back to doing them and might miss all of these easy days :).

Hope you are having a great week and got in a good run yesterday or this morning! If you’ve got a few free minutes today, here’s my latest vlog.

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What’s the best thing about your week so far?



  1. Susan
    June 21, 2017 / 5:54 am

    I know you are frustrated but 5 minutes is something! And like you said, fresh air and feeling a bit of a routine like before (even though it’s very short). Tomorrow you will hopefully know next steps on this journey! My life has been doctors, appts, therapy for 3 months (and the 7 months before that I was always getting some work done on my foot since it wasn’t feeling great). I still have to dedicate more time to that as I start PT this week to finish out this rehab once and for all!

    • Kristina
      June 21, 2017 / 8:03 am

      So glad the end is in sight for you! I will now live vicariously through you as you get back to running :). Please be sure to document each step and all the emotions you feel every second of the run in the group chat! Be as detailed as possible every morning! haha

  2. June 21, 2017 / 9:23 am

    I too am glad you are sticking to a routine. I bet it helps that it is hot and sunny out so you can really SWEAT, right? Does walking bother your calves at all?

    • Kristina
      June 22, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      Hahahah yes I am sweating the minute I step outside! I always have to remind myself “just because you sweat a ton doesn’t mean you got in a good workout!” 😀

      Walking doesn’t bother my calves IF I go at a slow, leisurely pace. If I try to pick up the speed a bit they get tight just like as if I was running.

  3. June 21, 2017 / 9:47 am

    My PT gave me a few guidelines at my appointment yesterday too – only run 3 days a week, with a rest day between. No biking (ugh!). No stretching the hamstrings (yeah!), and some exercises to try out. It’s always a journey of discovery, so we’ll see how this goes.
    I bet it’s been a long week waiting for your test results!! Fresh air is always good for the soul, so enjoy those walks too!

    • Kristina
      June 22, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Oh man sorry he’s cut out biking but at least you can run 3 days a week! I will live vicariously through you on those runs – post lots of pics 🙂

  4. June 21, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Hi Kristina! I’m really happy that you could’ve (at least) enjoy a 5 minute run. I really wish you get better and can get back to normal soon! The best thing about my week so far has been the plans that I’ve been doing with my parents who are coming over for my graduation ceremony. I’m really looking forward to seeing them and spending time with them. My Instagram Username is: @NathyCure_Blog:)

    • Kristina
      June 22, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      Thanks for dropping your Insta handle, I followed you 🙂

      So exciting about graduation!!!!! The ceremony + celebrating with family will be so much fun. Enjoy every second!

  5. July 7, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Hey, at least you had your 5 minutes of pure joy! Have you returned back to your normal rhytm already?