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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or comment below and I’ll email you!