A Running Accomplishment & Setback!
Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend. I got in two runs this weekend: a 1 mile run/walk fartlek on Friday and a 3 mile long run/walk on Sunday.
During the fartlek on Friday I tried to keep my pace during the run intervals at about 11 minutes/mile. A couple weeks ago I was able to hit 9:30 pace, but on Friday my legs were swollen which makes them feel extra tight. When they feel tight it’s really hard to run fast.
Story of my life!
Still, I felt really good being able to push myself. I know 11 minute pace doesn’t sound like the world’s best workout pace but for me right now it really is.
At the end of the mile I felt good because I pushed the pace but I still didn’t feel exhausted. That makes me think my endurance is slowly starting to return.
It’s so bizarre to feel like I’m a beginner runner again, but in a lot of ways that is exactly what I am after so much time off.
The weather Friday night was nice and cold which made me want to run longer, but I knew I would be doing my long run on Sunday and didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize that.
Sunday I went out for my 3 mile long run and made it all 3 miles. That’s an accomplishment because the last time I tried for 3 miles I only made it 2.
That being said my calves were SUPER tight the whole run, and at about 2.75 miles in my right foot actually went numb. That’s exactly what my surgery was supposed to prevent from ever happening again …
Luckily last week my PT and I were talking about my tight calves and he said because I still have really bad swelling this might happen. He said once the swelling finally goes away issues like this should also go away.
Unfortunately the swelling is actually getting worse. For a while it was getting better, but now that I’m running again it’s come back in full force. This is also something my PT warned me would happen. It’s good to know in advance about these things so I don’t freak out, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating.
The swelling has come back to the point that my legs/feet feel numb again in some areas 24/7 because there is nerve irritation. Also two of my incisions popped open in the corners!
Not sure if you can see in that picture ^ but I’m back to wearing band aids on the two incisions that have re-opened. They didn’t open all the way of course, just a small spot on each, but still… very annoying.
I’m not totally sure what I’m supposed to do right now. My PT warned me that once I started increasing my mileage my calves would become irritated and swell up so I don’t think stopping would help. Once I start up again the swelling would just come back.
I think I need to just keep going, but maybe take a step back. Instead of trying for 4 miles next weekend I think I’ll go back down to 2 miles for a week and see how that goes.
Guys, I just want to run again!
I know, I know … I’m so much closer to having a normal running routine today than I was 3 and 6 months ago. I just need to have patience and trust the process.
Haha I hope you have a great Monday! Leave me a comment and let me know what you got up to this weekend.
Best part of your weekend?
How many miles did you get in last week?
If you raced, how did it go?!
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