Light at the end of the tunnel

In the first stages of an injury it is hard to even imagine running again, especially if it hurts to walk and there is no quick improvement. But with patience and doing the smart thing i.e. rest and working on those weaknesses, you eventually begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And that’s where I am now – eagerly anticipating making my way into the full light.

That’s not to say that it’s easy or pretty – things are still not quite right but I’m healing – feeling better and stronger. My back-to-running program is all about run-walk intervals to build up the strength in those tendons, bones and muscles. So far so good.

Walk 4.5 mins; Run 0.5 mins   14.00 min/mile

Walk 4 mins; Run 1 min            14.29 min/mile

Walk 3.5 mins; Run 1.5 min     13.40 min/mile

Walk  3 mins; Run 2 mins        12.49 min/mile

Walk 2 mins; Run 3 mins         11:37 min/mile

A couple of runs even had these beachfront views.

A work trip out to CA? OK. I  can do that. Even got an ocean view from my room.

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I never get sick of the water – especially living so far inland. I even got a chance to travel south – hitting up La Jolla cove – with all the seals, sealions, surfers, paddle-boarders, SCUBA divers, kayakers. I can totally see what people love California. (P.S. – This American Life did a brilliant episode recently about the seals at this cove and after listening to it I knew that I had to go to visit but we didn’t see any craziness when we visited).

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Further south we ended up at Sunset cliffs and took a walk along the ocean before finding some awesome fish tacos in Ocean Beach.

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So much deliciousness. I also tired out the TWO Stone Brewing pubs – in Escondido and right by the airport and they are both amazing. Best pub food ever and beautiful locations.

It was back to reality this week but I am feeling better with every run and by this time next week I should be doing 30 minutes non-stop. That’s not a huge deal to most people in the blogiverse but to me it feels like a huge leap forward!

Catch-up

Well, it’s been a couple of weeks and there hasn’t been much running going on over here. My PT and I figured out that I had strained my adductor and not my quad like we had first thought, but the recovery is the same – strengthen my hips and glutes and wait for the muscle to calm down enough to start a run-walk return to running programme, which I started today (yay!). It was not pretty but I want to run again so badly.

So in the meantime I’ve been doing what any normal injured runner would do.

Go crazy at the local running store and at runningwarehouse.com. So much pretty.

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Adidas Boost, Nike Free RN Distance and Brooks PureCadence 5. All on sale and a mix of heel drops, feel and rigidity. I’m excited to try them all out – and now I can’t buy another pair til at least the fall.

Also, I”m finally a convert to hot yoga. After some pretty unpleasant experiences at Bikram yoga I decided to try out Corepower – mostly because it’s just over a mile from my house and you can get a free week to try as many classes as you can. The first class I tried was their unheated intro class and afterwards I remembered how much I loved yoga. Then I tried my first heated class – I think it’s between 92-95F – and thought I was going to melt into one giant puddle and get carried out in my water bottle. My heart rate was crazy high – in Z3 for the entire hour and I did not like it at all.

But I had another four days to try out classes (for free! and free things are my favorite and a hangover from my poor grad student days) and decided to try again. And the second and third time was so much better. I even got the hang of side crow and half moon pose. So, I am officially signed up. It’s quite a bit different from the yoga I did before – not as much emphasis on correct alignment, more workout-y and with music but it’s a fun workout and a great way to work on those stabilizing muscles.

The other thing is hiking with Sophie which is always fun.

Our local dog park has a cool creek where your mutt can go crazy.

Then some hikes along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail on a super sunny but windy day.

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And just to show that we still have snow in the mountains. This was in Neffs Canyon – another off leash area that finishes in a beautiful meadow. The snow was pretty slushy and I did fall on my butt a couple of times on the way down.

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And this is what happens after a hard days hiking.

I also was able to get free downloads from the Salt Lake half marathon. Not the greatest photos and the only two I could find uploaded. 3 weeks ago – and the last time I was able to run properly but hoping that will change soon.