Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Longest, non-stop run in over a month!
Longest, non-stop run in over a month! One mile! by nikerunner75 at Garmin Connect - Details
One mile! Woohoo! It's sad when a half-marathoner gets excited about running one, non-stop mile. I've run 2 other times since my last doctor visit, and both of those lasted no more than 5 1/2 minutes. The doctor told me that IT Band recovery could be a slow progression...that I may only be able to run 5 minutes at a time...that I shouldn't try to fight through the pain.
So each time that I set out to attempt a run, I know walking out that door that I'll be back within 10 minutues or so...feeling very aggravated & frustrated. And every time I come back frustrated, I grab the 'ol Schwinn and go for a 30 minute bike ride. Yes, I'm frustrated! Yes, I'm mad! Yes, I miss running with my "sole sisters"! But I refuse to just throw my hands up & surrender! Giving up isn't going to accomplish anything. Nothing in life comes easy...if it does, then it's not called WORK.
I've been WORKing hard to strengthen areas that need to be strengthened. I've been working to still get some form of cardio in. So hopefully when I do return fully to running, I will come back a better & stronger runner.
This morning started out like the last 2 attempts at running. I felt like I'd be back to the house soon to grab my bike. I did make the decision to walk a little longer to warm up my leg & maybe loosen up the IT band. Along the way, I saw two of my running buddies...it made me want to run so badly. I saw them again halfway through my walk when they were finishing up, so I stopped to talk to them for a few minutes. I even told one of the ladies I was hoping to run for 6 minutes.
Well, I wound up running a full mile non-stop! I felt a few little twinges in the side of my knee around 5 or 6 minutes, but nothing like the tightness & grinding pain I've been having. I would have loved to have run more than a mile, but I didn't want to overdo it. I'll take that mile & be HAPPY! It's progress! Maybe all the workouts, biking & swimming are starting to payoff.
All I can do is keep trying. I like to say...one foot in front of the other...one day at a time!