16 June 2016

healing/running update

Extra, extra, read all about it!

For anyone that knows me, most of 2015 (starting in March) and the first part of 2016 (until just recently) were not so conducive to running. I was dancing around a hip injury, running as much as I could but also having several surgeries (not related to the injury that was preventing me from running interestingly), each of which meant some down time and then a recovery.

As is normal (that's what I tell myself anyway), I got a bit bummed and moody and wrote about my very selfish woes.

I also tried to summarize everything some time later when I was feeling a bit more optimistic.

Well things are still looking up.

To recap, after all my trials and tribulations I eventually took six weeks totally off from running. Then, with no hip pain I saw a hip specialist to see how to proceed. Incredibly he told me to go run.

Ever since my hip doctor told me to re-introduce running I was skeptical. It had hurt so much for a solid 14 months and just because it had stopped hurting after six weeks of no running didn't mean I had any confidence that I was "healed".

If you recall, my Physical Therapist had me re-introduce running SLOWLY...  to the tune of one mile/day the first week, two miles/day the second week, you get the idea.

Well I started running on the treadmill 7 April. And I started running outdoors 4 May. And I did my first trail run 30 May. So far so good. I have felt a twinge in my hip on occasion but nothing has lasted and I feel fine that same evening and the day after, there has been no actual pain since I started running again. I have also been cycling lots and two weeks ago I was finally able to resume my core workouts which I had to postpone because of abdominal surgery.

Last Sunday I had my first trail run where I felt "good" and was able to carry on a conversation throughout. Plus, double digit distance! It has not just been about recovering from injury after all, I have had to regain fitness too! :)

Have I mentioned that I love running on trails? Oh man, does it feel good to get back out in the woods.

Thanks to all of my supporters for sticking by me. Here's to more getting outside.

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