This has been the longest break that I have ever taken from running since I started distance running 18 years ago. I’m getting closer to recovered but still not there.
If you’re new to this blog, you can read my story in Runner’s World HERE. I was interviewed a few weeks ago for the article. This post, this post, and this post are also a great place to catch up. I was an avid marathoner, running 3-4 marathons a year, and was well into training for the Antarctica Marathon when I broke my tibia and fibula on a wintry Minneapolis run. My trip was cancelled, I had surgery on my leg/ankle, and now have a plate and 10 screws in my leg. I’ve been documenting my recovery here in my weekly recaps on the road to (hopefully) get back to running marathons again.
(Also- if you just stop in for the link-up, be sure to check out this post, the first in a series, of crowd-sourced BEST RUNNING GEAR! I’m looking for more volunteers if you’re interested in sharing your favorites on here! I’m also turning it into a link-up if you want to write yours on your blog and link-up! The link-up will be open all summer.)
On to the weekly recap…
Monday: PT appointment that included more time on the Alter-G, i.e. the zero-gravity treadmill. Since my leg was sore/more swollen after the two Alter-G sessions last week, my PT didn’t increase duration or percentage of body weight, but kept things the same for this session.
After work, I swam 2,000 yards
Tuesday: Elliptical for 45 minutes, PT exercises/strength at the gym.
Wednesday: solidcore class (50 minutes), swam 2,000 yards after work
Friday: 45 minutes of elliptical, 10 minutes of stair stepper, PT exercises/strength, and then a PT appointment at Mayo later in the day, which included 2.22 miles total on the Alter G!
It felt great to use my pretty Garmin for what I truly bought it for- running.
It’s been in the 90’s here in Minneapolis, so it was pretty hot sitting outside on the rooftop patio, but we Minnesotans don’t care. We’re just happy to be outside!
I spent a little time at the Calhoun Beach Club pool after working out, before it got too crazy crowded; love my summersalt one shoulder suit, though it gives you odd tan lines!
It was a HOT day in Minneapolis; we took Tilda for a long walk and she had to get into Lake Calhoun to cool down and she’s not usually a fan of the water.
Later in the afternoon, we decided to use our Sidewalk Dog “Pup Pass”- this was a $20/pass for a beer at about 10 different dog-friendly breweries, good for the whole year! We never have made our way to all the breweries on the list, but it’s for a good cause!
Our friends who are the dog-parents to Breck, the golden we often dog-sit, joined us as well at Wild Minds Artisan Ales.
Though she may not look it in this picture, I swear Tilda was excited to hang out with her buddy!
Sunday: solidcore class
Summary: 4 solidcore classes (I think that’s a record for me. 4 is a lot in a week!), 2 swimming workouts, 2 elliptical workouts, 2 PT sessions, 1 spin class, 1 barre class.
Just a totally random mix..trying to do what I can to stay in shape during this non-running, (never-ending!) period.
It sounds like I will have about 2 weeks more on the Alter-G before I should be running at 100% of my body weight. At that point, I’ll be able to run on the treadmill, but only doing similar 2 min run/1 min walk at first like I do on the Alter-G. I have a follow up appointment June 5 with my surgeon as well for more X-rays to ensure that everything is healing correctly now that we are starting to put impact on the bone with the Alter-G. Hopefully I will be told that all is healed and all clear to build back to running with no worries!