Monday, December 5, 2011

The Long Road

This stress fracture recovery has been one of the more challenging things in my life, and I'm happy to report I have some great news to share.

I ran.  Twice.

On Thursday morning, I realized that a lot of my recent anger was the lack of control I had over my return to running plan.  My doctor had seemingly pulled a date out of thin air - December 5th - to start running again.  I can't see how four days could make a damn bit of difference, and the disregard of authority for authority's sake pleased me (as usual).

I decided Pfitzinger's plan was a bit too aggressive, so with the help of a fellow stress fracture sufferer, I modified it a bit.

The run was great!  I walked .25 miles, ran .25 miles, walked .25 miles, ran .25 miles, and walked .25 miles. No pain, no aching.

Two days later, on Saturday, I did the exact same thing but added on an extra set of .25 run, .25 walk.  No pain!

Today, I plan to add on another .25 running, and then hold that mileage steady for a couple of runs before I increase it.

We'll see how it goes, and I know I have a long road of recovery ahead of me, but I'm happy to finally be on it.  :)

There's a race I do every year in March sponsored by the Point Brewery because my dad was a huge Point-o-phile (just go with my made up word, ok?), and I will do it this year even if I have to walk it.  Of course, I want to run it (hopefully with my non-runner brother like last year).

Me and my brother at the Point Bock run 2010

This goal is helping me stay focused on the long term, and not just go downstairs and run on my treadmill til I keel over.  :)

I hope you all had a great weekend!


  1. Great goal to have for your big come back :)

    And you know, it's easy for someone to just dive back in, cross their fingers, and hope it all goes well. It speaks to someone's strength & patience when you plan a strategy and then implement. So, give yourself a pat on the back for a) surviving this, and b) having good sense to ease back in.

    I agree with TMB@Racing with Babes, you'll be back in no time!

  2. Your love for beer has made me realize that you and I would be great drinking buddies. I like that. Where is this race you speak of?

  3. Awesome news! I will live vicariously through you right now, because my planned run turned into a painful walk instead. Dang it!
    Running for beer seems like solid motivation for winter running to me!

  4. Mmmm....Point beer.

    Jamie and I have been kicking around the idea of the Bock run for years. Maybe this year we'll make it out there (he's from Point). Bonus is the ILs live there for babysitting purposes :)

  5. So happy you are running again!! I think taking it nice and easy is the way to go and enjoy every step you run!!! Yay!

  6. I can totally relate to this! I had an almost-stress-fracture this summer, and had to ease back sooo slowly. Great blog- I love meeting other running mamas! Laura

  7. WHY IN THE WORLD HASN'T YOUR BLOG BEEN UPDATING ON MY SIDEBAR????!!!! It finally did, and to my surprise, I had missed an ENTIRE WEEK of posts. Add that to the list of things I hate.

    Anyway- Yay for running! I think if you are smart that you'll be able to do that race in March without much of a problem.

    I read your blog purely for pee stories.

    And, seriously, he pairs his dirty socks?! That means you have to, at the very least, touch them to unpair them. Annoying. For sure.


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