I Went for a Run

I had my last real run, a two mile “run” on May 28th. That was a run/walk that felt pretty bad and was extremely slow. It included way more walking than running.

In fact, all of the runs leading into the May 28th run were progressively more painful, more horrible and involved more walking. I tried taking days off, I tried icing, I tried applying heat, I tried compression socks, I tried everything leading up to that last run on the 28th.

^ Looking back on these paces is making me realize just how bad my calves were, and how many big signs I was just totally ignoring.

After the run on the 28th I had a chat with Megan, Ali and Susan and they convinced me it was time to go to physical therapy and to see a doctor. My medical journey since then is documented here.

The next phase of my journey is taking the compartment syndrome test on August 9th. I feel like I am going to pass the test with flying colors. Or fail the test with flying colors, whichever way you want to look at it. I’m more than looking forward to getting this thing over with and moving on to surgery because I miss running. It’s not just a sport. I know you know what I mean.

After watching a couple of running documentaries over the last few days, I decided to go for a run last night. I just couldn’t help myself. Running is like a drug!!!

I charged up my Garmin and started to get my hopes up.

Last time I attempted running was over a month ago on June 20th. I was hoping with  a month long break I would be able to run for more than five minutes. Per my doctor I’m allowed to run until I feel the tightness/pain in my calves. I was praying for seven or even 10 minutes. Maybe I would make it a full mile?

Nope. Four minutes, thirty-five seconds.

During those four minutes I felt normal. Thank God. This is going to sound ridiculous but I have this fear that I’ll go for a run after a long break and it will feel foreign or boring or unenjoyable.

Luckily that has not been the case. Those four minutes where I was running and listening to a podcast felt so freaking normal. I just teared up typing that. I miss running.

I started listening to the second season of Serial. It’s the story of Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier who left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured and held by the Taliban for almost five years. So far, so good! Very different than the first season about Adnan but not different in a bad way.

I’m looking forward to listening to more episodes during my walks. I’m also thinking about joining a gym on a month-to-month plan. I’m getting in a lot of strength training in our home gym and I go for walks, but I need to start doing something to get in a good cardio session again. When I finally return to running I don’t want to feel completely out of shape.

There are two options I’m weighing. The first is to join a Planet Fitness. There isn’t one close to my house, but there is one on my way home from work. I could just stop by before going home. Planet Fitness is cheap and I can cancel as soon as I’m ready to be back to running.

I could also try and join a local gym close to my house. It has a $200 initiation fee which I can try and get them to waive, but I’m not sure if they would make me sign a long-term contract or not.

If I join that gym I can go anytime I want AND they offer fitness classes so I could try spin. It may aggravate my calves, I’m not sure, but it would be interesting to try. I definitely don’t want to pay the $200 initiation fee or sign a long-term contract though. I’m going to give them a call today and see what they can do for me. I’ll keep you posted!

Do you have a gym membership/home gym/just run outdoors?
Do you like spin class? What fitness classes do you like most?
Have you listened to season 2 of Serial? 

16 comments

  1. Sam @ G & G Nutrition Co.

    I know you’re counting down the days until your test! Hang in there.

    We have a YMCA membership. There’s one in B’s building so it’s convenient for us to meet there if I’m picking him up from work. I usually don’t take classes (I should) but spin is a great workout! Classes make me realize how much I don’t really push myself when I’m working out on my own.
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    1. Kristina

      Ah that’s so nice that there is one in his building! My dream is for a gym to open up in my building.

      When I was an intern we had a super nice gym in the building and I should have taken advantage of it way more often!

  2. Heather [is probably running]

    I would see if the by-home gym would let you try a spin class before committing to a membership. Explain the situation and go from there. I really fell in love with yoga last year, but going to a class is so much better than practicing on my own. If I were in your shoes, I would want to have the option to take classes. I do not have a gym membership, but I do have a punch card type thing for yoga classes. I like it because I can go as often or as little as I like and they never expire.

    I really feel for you right now. Not running, not feeling like yourself really sucks.
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    1. Kristina

      I called the gym close to my house today and they were actually recently bought by another company and now the initiation fee is only $29! What a difference. They’re offering month-to-month memberships for $39 which is kind of steep; however, they’re also offering a deal where you get one month free. So I would only have to pay $80 for three months which isn’t bad. I think 3 months should be long enough if I sign up this week. I hope it is anyway!
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      1. Heather [is probably running]

        If you go just once per week for a class, that is only $10 per class. Which is a steal! And the more often you go to a class, the better of a deal it becomes. My yoga classes are about $15 a class. I would take $40/month for unlimited in a heartbeat!
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        1. Kristina

          I’m worried about not getting there in time for the spin classes and missing out. I would have to change at work, leave my office exactly on time and not hit any unusual traffic. It’s possible but I bet I am going to miss them more often than not. Even so I think it’s still a good deal for a month to month contract especially since the initiation fee is so low now (and she said she would waive it if I sign up this week)!

  3. Hanna @ minimal marathoner

    I’m thinking of joining Planet Fitness too – not now, but later in the year so I can use it during winter training. It’s a good option for me because I don’t want to pay a lot of money just to use a treadmill and lift some weights, which are the only things I really need a gym membership for.

    I couldn’t get into the 2nd season of Serial. I think it was well done but I just don’t find the subject matter interesting. I only listened to a couple episodes – just wasn’t for me.
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    1. Kristina

      I’ve heard so many people say they couldn’t get into the second season which is why I’ve put it off for so long!

      I called PF today and was a little surprised by their sales pitch. They explained that they offer free pizza lol!

  4. Karen Bayne

    I would be curious to see if the spinning aggravated your calves.
    It stinks you couldn’t go any longer, your Instagram post made me sad for you. I’ve been off running and know that urge to just go gets overwhelming. For me, my motivation is hard to find when I can’t run, it kind of keeps me going to do other things.
    PF is okay, it is where i go but mine does not have class options. I guess it depends how motivated you are feeling. I would go somewhere with group class if you are feeling like you need the boost.

    1. Kristina

      I know what you mean about the motivation. I feel like when I first stopped running I was gung ho about all the lifting gains I was going to make and I felt motivated by that — but now most days I just want to run and just go through the motions with lifting. Other days I find a lifting routine I really like and am excited by it again, but nothing can replace the long run!

  5. Susan

    You are almost to your appointment–you can do it, girl! I have a punch pass at the rec center for swimming (and will use it for the indoor track if things get too snowy/icy in the winter). I run and bike outside (have a spin bike for winter) and my rowing machine all my weights are in my home gym. I am actually way more likely to do my weights at home than go to a gym, so I have invested a lot of money into it. It was hard to spend that amount of money but I knew I would use it. I think you should join a gym at least in the short term! I know when I could not run, I stayed active with all my other sports and it was so much easier. You really only have a little bit left to go and I am proud of you for hanging in there!!

    1. Kristina

      Thanks Susan! You must be the go-to person for advice for everyone in your life. I don’t know how you find time for us online friends when I imagine everyone just trying to book time with you to get your insights IRL! I’m surprised we don’t have to make appointments to speak with you! 😀

      I know what you mean about lifting at home. I’m way more likely to do it at home too so I’m glad we invested in the home gym last year. Definitely a hefty up front cost, but I feel like it’s already almost paid for itself!

  6. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Normally gyms let you try for 3 days for free. Try to pick 3 days you’ll have time and go try those classes! Do they have a pool? Do you swim?
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    1. Kristina

      Neither of the gyms have a pool but our community has a pool! Two of our neighbors have kids so it’s usually filled with them but I could try and going at 4am to use it for pool running hah!

  7. Marina

    I’ve recently broken my foot (UGH) so I joined a gym so I can bike and elliptical while I’m healing. I used to do classes almost every day (spin, yoga, a running class, pilates, etc.). I really miss classes but it’s been nice that I can still go to the gym while my foot is healing!

    I listened to Serial season 2 a while back. It was really good, but I think I like the first season better!

  8. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    I was wondering what cardio option you were thinking of. I can completely relate – on my vacation last week I wanted to run every morning, but each run was still tight and painful, and my pace tanked. I had to face reality that I need a break to get stronger. Not sure what I’m going to do for cardio because I want to bike, and that’s just another painful option for me 🙁
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