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