Need Your Help!

Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend.

We worked on the house a bunch – including my office. I finally got started on decorating it which is something I’ve been anticipating for a while. Since we moved in my office has gone through several iterations, but the final look is coming together now!

I don’t want to show you too much yet as it’s not nearly done, but I do want to ask for your help. I’ve hung up a plain grid and I REALLY want to hang postcards from other states and countries on it.

I know that I have readers from all over the USA, Canada and the UK, so if you’re willing to do a postcard exchange with me please send me an email: runkristina@gmail.com and we can exchange addresses. I’ll send you a postcard that features Fort Lauderdale on the front, and you can send me one that represents your city! I’m going to hang all of them up!

Aside from working on the house, Adam and I walked down to the beach on Sunday to grab some lunch.

I really miss going to the beach every day for a run, so I’ve constructed myself a little “training plan.”

Monday: Rest or walk

Tuesday: “30 minute” run

Wednesday: Lower body strength

Thursday: “30 minute” run

Friday: Upper body strength

Saturday: 60 minute walk + core

Sunday: 90 minute walk

The reason you see quotation marks is because I cannot run for 30 minutes. I can run for about 5 minutes before I have to take a break because of my calves. So basically I’ll be running 5 minutes, resting for 5 minutes, running for 5 minutes, resting for 5 minutes, etc. until I’ve reached a total of 30 minutes of running.

This allows me to run until I feel the tightness build to an uncomfortable level and then allows the tightness to dissipate before I start running again.

The last time I tried this method it took me an elapsed time of 47 minutes to run for 30 minutes. It’s not ideal but it’s the only way that I can feel like I’m in somewhat of a normal routine without risking nerve damage or other issues with my calves.

Of course if the tightness doesn’t dissipate after I’ve rested for 5 minutes or so I’ll have to stop doing this, but I think this method of training could work for now.

If I was going to be able to have the compartment syndrome test and surgery within the next week or even two I might not do this. However, it is so frustrating that I won’t be able to have the test until August 9th. If the results come back positive, as my doctor is expecting them to, then I hope I can have the surgery by end of August.

Is this training plan stupid? I honestly can’t tell because I have such a strong itch to just be back running. It may be clouding my ability to see reason. Would it be better to just work in more strength training days like I have been doing and skip the weird run-stop-run method? What do you think will allow me to build my mileage back up easier when I can run again?

I have a million questions today.

BTW I started writing this post on Saturday afternoon and since then I’ve watched a mini documentary about the one year anniversary of the Pulse shooting. One of the survivors, Angel Colon, was telling the story of how the woman next to him was shot and killed, and that he was shot three times in the leg. He spoke about how he used to run every day, and now he may never run again. Talk about putting things into perspective.

Would you do run/stop/run or would you just add in more strength training days? What will make coming back to running easier?

Will you do the postcard exchange with me? If so please email me runkristina@gmail.com or comment below and I’ll email you! 

18 comments

  1. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I really don’t know what to tell you about your training because Im not familiar with that injury. I guess if its working then it makes sense to continue. I know for me I would get frustrated every time I would try to run and have any sort of pain, so it was easier to not run at times. I know it must be so frustrating to have to wait so long for the next steps!
    I’ll E-mail you later!
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  2. Chrissy

    Kristina, have you tried water running?? It might be a good option for you right now! I used to go to classes in university and loved it.

    1. Kristina

      Hey Chrissy, thank you for the idea! I honestly hadn’t even thought of pool running. I actually did use pool running when I had a very minor injury a couple years ago. What a great idea! Thanks!

      1. Chrissy

        You should check out if there are any water running classes near you. The classes I used to go to had an instructor and he would do different drills with you. I remember sweating a lot which is funny for being in the water! Haha. The time went by super quickly
        I couldn’t imagine just going to the pool and water running with no purpose. That would be so boring! 🙁

        1. Kristina

          Hahahah it was really boring! The condo complex we lived in at the time had a clock near the pool and I would just stare at it and watch the little second hand move around! O_o It was crazy but I totally remembering sweating too! It feels a lot like running… except not, right?!

  3. Sam @ G & G Nutrition Co.

    I’ll send you a postcard!

    I think you should do what is safe and what will make you happy with running. Do you think the start/stop will make you more frustrated? Can you do yoga right now? Maybe this time would be a great time to become a badass strength trainer? (Sorry, probably not helpful)
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  4. Heather [is probably running]

    Echoing Chrissy’s recommendation of pool running. I haven’t actually tried it, but since it is impact free, I would think it would be okay for compartment syndrome. I also think the steady state cardio would be better at maintaining endurance than the run/walk intervals. Maybe a mix of pool running and r/w intervals?

    If you do decide to go that route, check out this blog: http://wellimtryingtorun.blogspot.com/2010/01/pool-running-posts-listed-by-category.html
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    1. Kristina

      Thanks for the link – checking it out now!

  5. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I have a question, what if you ran for like 3 minutes and then walked for like 2 minutes? Would that prevent your calves from getting to the point where they tighten up so bad? I have NO idea and I’m sure you probably thought of that!

    Do you want a postcard from Camp Hill or do you want one from somewhere around here that is cooler? Hershey, Gettysburg, KNOEBELS lol… We are going to Jim Thorpe today!
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    1. Kristina

      Hmmm I could definitely give that a try. So far I’ve only tried 5 minutes + 1 minute walk and that definitely didn’t fly.

      Whichever postcard you think is best!!!

  6. Ana

    Oh! That is so cool! I’ll send you an email!

    I hope your ankle pain gets an answer soon! The frustration!!

    When the Pulse shooting happened, there was a video that talked about all the victims, and they had celebrities read their stories, I cried so much! But yes, this does put it into perspective for sure!
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  7. Hanna @ minimal marathoner

    I agree with what another commenter said about pool running. I’ve heard it’s boring as all get out, but if you can do it, it would probably be a better alternative than running for 5 minutes at a time. Or maybe even the elliptical, if you crank up the resistance high enough? You mentioned a few months ago you were going to try spin classes – were you ever able to do that? Did you like it? Biking isn’t the same workout or high as running but it’s great for the legs and it’s fun!

    Injuries are hard. Hang in there. Wish I could be more help!
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    1. Kristina

      I’ve thought about the elliptical but since I don’t have a gym membership now I’d have to sign up to use one.

      I haven’t gone to spin yet. I’m stupidly scared of going! Like I signed up and then cancelled because I got really anxious about the class. I need to get over it! I’m hopeful that I’ll find a beginner spin buddy soon to go with me!
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  8. Susan

    I am only speaking from my own experience on this but as you know, I had to take a 3 month break from my running. First of all, for me it’s different because I am a tri-athlete and I always am cycling and swimming when I am running so I was able to keep in those things. I also do some yoga and I weight train 3x per week and I was able to keep that in. I replaced my running with walking. For me, I just had to kind of quit thinking about running altogether. I was told I would run again so I just tried to put it out of my head and focus on my new training and figured I would deal with coming back as a “new runner” (even though I have been running for over 1/2 my life) when the time came. This might not be helpful but (1) I like your plan if you like your plan–the most important thing is being happy (2) now could be a good time to just focus on other sports that will make you stronger and thus improve your running when you come back (3) I know many have said running short times won’t be helpful, but as long as your calves can take it, I think it’s a great plan. Sometimes just a few minutes of running and fresh air is enough to just clear your head and change your attitude! I’m here for you if you want to bounce any ideas off. Even though I train much differently and have a different approach to my running, I really get the whole taking a break issue and I know it’s not easy!

    1. Kristina

      Susan, as much as I didn’t want to think about this, I believe you’re 100% right. I need to take time to wrap my head around the concept of not running and then focus on something else. Whatever weird version of running I do is not going to be the same, or as fulfilling, so I should just put running out of my mind and go all in on strength training or try and get over my anxiety and take a fitness class.

      Maybe I’ll try pool running for a little bit if I need to get a fix, but I know that last time I did pool running I found it incredibly boring. I would probably need to invest in some waterproof headphones and mp3 player! 😀

  9. Jen M

    Check out the Jeff Galloway run/walk/run method for coming back after injury:
    http://www.jeffgalloway.com/

    1. Kristina

      Thanks Jen! After I’ve had the surgery I’ll definitely be using the Galloway method to come back to running. Unfortunately right now my doctor says I can’t run through the tightness/pain or I could do permanent nerve damage. Even using run/walk/run aggravates my calves really badly so I have to figure out an alternative that’s even gentler than Galloway! o_O

  10. Jennifer

    I’ll send you a postcard! 🙂
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