Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hesitation Post Injury + July 4th plans

I've been hesitant lately in several ways that I'm usually not. I mentioned last week that I'm back to running! It has been so exciting, and I've gotten in 4 runs since then. Eventually I know I'll be back to running 5, 7, and 9+ mile runs, but for now I'm stuck doing 20-30 minute runs for at least another week or two. 

Cardiovascularly speaking (Mac spell check says I made that word up) I feel great when I'm running. I ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill yesterday at 1% incline averaging 9:44/mile without stopping. I know I'm not qualifying for Olympic Trials with that, but after not running for three months I'm glad all the other work I did was keeping me in some sort of shape.

So what am I hesitating about? My foot (shocker). I'm still hesitant about running. I'm feeling GREAT except for little twinges and tingles in my foot and ankle every once in a while when I'm running or standing. I wouldn't call it pain or even try to rate it on a 1-10 scale, because it's just something I feel. But still, I analyze it. I feel it and then I focus on nothing but that for the next few minutes. And it makes me worry that I'm going to reinjure myself. The doctor said that running was fine at this point, yadda yadda, but I guess my overanalytical self still worries. 
I wish I knew what specifically had caused the stress fracture in the first place. Then I could not do that or change that. But I don't get to know, so I just have to be overly cautious until then. And I guess I just write this all out to vent. When coming back from an injury do you do this too? When does it stop? Or when did you tell yourself that you're fine and just keep building mileage? Have you had a stress fracture? Do you still feel something even when you start running again?

For now, I'm just listening to my body...if that "something" that I'm feeling is disconcerting, I stop. I've cut one run short. I'm running slower than I even feel capable of at the time. Sometimes I have to openly acknowledge to myself that I could be running faster and that I'm using my brain and trying to be smart. It's really hard. I like running fast when I feel like I can.
In other news, tomorrow is Independence Day! I'm excited because that means I get to fit in another long workout! I'm headed out for 42 miles and can't wait to hit that distance again! I've been taking it a touch easier today and yesterday to be sure I can fit in more longer workouts later in the week and so I don't crash and burn. What are your plans!? Last year I made a fun July 4th themed trifle, and I'm trying to decide what to make this year to celebrate the holiday. Maybe this?
Are you making any treats? Care to share the idea?


Nikki said...

I've had two stress fractures (one in both my right and left tibia) but, yes, it takes awhile to come back and feel 100%, without concern. I wondered for me if it's more "mental" pain than acutal pain, because I analyze EVERY little tingle, pressure point, etc. But sounds like you're experiencing the same. I'm currently recovering from patellar tendonitis and I think this is worse than the stress fractures, b/c it just lingers...but I completely understand the nervousness, b/c the last thing we want is to re-aggravate. Good Luck!

Shelley said...

I totally understand! I just got released yesterday to put weight on my right leg after breaking my fibula right at the ankle joint 5 weeks ago. I am leary of bending it and walking normal.

I am ready to get back to running but know it will be hard and scary.

Hang in there those pains and twinges will disspear and you will be back to your normal milage in no time!

Amy @ A Glimpse of the Gouglers said...

I think you're doing the right thing. Just listen to your body and I think you'll truly know when it feels right! Just keep at it and I know you'll be fine!

Amber said...

I think you're being smart by listening to your body. I'm sure you'll be back to your old running self in no time!

That fruit tray looks adorable. I think you should make that :)

Lauren said...

Love the fruit tray! So far I have strawberries & blueberries on my life but wasn't sure what I was going to make hmmmmm :-) Have a great 4th!

Kat @ Sneakers and Fingerpaints said...

You're being smart, so hesitation would only be normal! You'll be back to your old running self in no time, but better to play it safe than go too fast and be starting over again, you've got this girl!

Jenny Hodges said...

I've never had a stress fracture, but I think I'd be hesitant too. I'd hate to come back too quickly and re-injure myself. You are doing the right thing by listening to your body!

Love the fruit flag. Super festive!

Curly Pink Runner said...

Sounds like you are playing it super smart!! You body will never suffer from extra rest, and erring on the side of caution is never a bad thing! So glad you are able to be running again! Yay!

Meghan said...

Oh my gosh, that last pic = YUM!

I think you're playing it really smart, and you'll be back at it before you know it. And I know I sound like a broken record, but so many PT's/doctors have pointed to core/hip strength as an underlying factor in injuries. They say that your lower half overcompensates, thus causing the injury. I'm not suggesting you lack that strength, etc - but it might be something to focus on if you can! I am also a firm believer in calcium and vitamin D! :)

kilax said...

Oh gosh. That is such a good point about feeling uneasy because you don't know what caused it. I had lower extremity stress fractures in 2009 (1 leg) and 2010 (2 in 1 leg, 1 in the other) and I changed things A LOT when I was healthy again. Tracked mileage on my shoes. Strength trained regularly. Didn't try to run fast all the time... I have no idea what caused them, but I imagine it was a combo of those things? I refused to believe my severe supinating runner style gave me them. Nah ;)

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