I’m here with my weekly recap; I guess I should probably stop counting from the broken leg now that I’m kind of back to running. But I definitely don’t have a marathon on the horizon to count down to; it’s going to take quite a bit of time to get back to that point in my running. But at least I’m running again!
If you’re only stopping in for the weekly recap, please check out this post, which walks through a full summary of the past 17 weeks as well as this post in my “favorite running gear” series!
I’ll just dive right into my weekly recap!
Monday: 25 minutes of stair stepper, 20 minutes of elliptical, and a PT appointment.
Tuesday: solidcore class before work, 2 miles of run/walk, with some extra walking at the end to get to 3 miles total. My friends Christie and Lindsey joined me; even though it wasn’t quite the same as the good old days of running with them, it was still nice to have their company for a run/walk!
Wednesday: 45 minutes of elliptical, 10 minutes on the stair stepper, PT exercises.
Thursday: At my appointment on Monday, we did a ton of jumping/plyometric type work. Then I probably pushed it a bit too far with the run/walk on Tuesday. I’m on an every other day return to running program, so technically I should have run today, but my leg/ankle was pretty sore so I decided to take this day totally off. I also wasn’t feeling well, so it just made sense to take a full rest day. My PT has said that the best way to know if I pushed it too hard is pain and swelling. I listened to my body, even though I ‘could’ have run per the schedule. I want to be careful during this recovery!
Friday: PT appointment; it included lots of strength training and then about 2.5 miles of running on the treadmill (with walk breaks of course) so they could see how my form was progressing. It seems like things are going okay, but man, oh, man am I out of shape! I did so much activity during my recovery, but it doesn’t seem to have transferred to running. Running fitness is so different than other activities.
That evening, we joined some friends for the music in the park at the Lake Harriet bandshell. It was a perfect night to sit outside with music and friends!
Saturday: The JB double- 45 minute spin at Surge following by 50 minute class at solidcore. Later that day, we checked out a brewery with Tilda and used a few stamps on her “Pup Pass”. It was also Pride Festival weekend, so I bought her rainbow bandana from the brewery to show her spirit!
Sunday: My friend Julie is getting back to running post-baby so she suggested that we get back to running together! We went all the way around Lake Harriet, which was about 3.5 miles total from her house. It was so wonderful!
I did still do the 4 minutes run/1 minute walk. I felt pretty good and it was so nice to be out on my regular stomping grounds again!
I followed up our run with all my PT exercises and then attended a friend’s bridal shower at 7 Vines Vineyard in Dellwood, MN. Yes, apparently we have wineries in Minnesota! Lovely shower.
Summary: 2 solidcore classes, 1 spin class, 3 “runs”, two PT appointments, lots of elliptical and stair stepper….A random mix. I’m just happy to have running in there again!
Well, that’s it for me for my weekly recap. I’m linking up as always with HoHo Runs and Taking the Long Way Home for their weekly wrap. Check it out!
The “running cardio” will come back quickly – the running efficiency – not so much. Glad to see you’re back on the paths! Enjoy the process and don’t rush it.
Hmm..what do you mean? What’s the difference?
Cardio – your ability to run for 30 minutes, an hour, or more without tiring (aerobic ability). That comes back quickly. Running efficiency – your ability to run your old paces at your previous level of effort. That took a lot longer to come back for me. I finally feel fully back, almost a year after my injury.
So fun that you can get back to running with a friend who is coming back from baby! Love your pup’s rainbow accessory. Nice work this week, especially staying in tune with what your body needs.
Thanks Sarah. Cheers!
You are doing amazing and I admire your patience with your return to running! The run/walk intervals have been a lifesaver for me and I’m glad to see they are helping you too. Soon enough, you’ll be able to drop them. Hang in there! You’re almost at the finish line!
Well, those run/walk intervals might be around for awhile 🙂 As long as I’m running!
You are doing a great job staying so active (with non-running stuff), that I bet once you get more acclimated to running (even with the intervals), you’ll bounce back quicker than you realize. As you know, listening to your body right now is paramount…the temptation to go “just a little further” may be overwhelming LOL Hang in there 😉
Thanks Kim. I hope you’re right. I’m feeling like a beginner runner and like I’ll never get back to where I was!
This post has made me so happy! Your smile speaks volumes in all these photos . Stay patient and keep listening to your body. But you did it! Lots of hugs!
Thank you Shathiso! Love your positivity!
It’s fantastic to see you out there running! The smile on your face speaks volumes! I know if felt good to hang out and chat with your running friends too. I don’t think you are out of shape at all. Running is just a different animal and I predict you’ll regain your running fitness quickly. Thanks for linking!
Running is such a different animal…I really hope I can get close to back to where I was.
So glad to see you are back to running! And it sounds like you are being smart about it…that’s definitely the way to go! Looks like a great mix of workouts too.
Sounds like it’s been a long journey but that’s great that you’re back to running! And it seems like it was a smart idea to take that rest day when you needed it.