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.
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?
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