Monday, November 9, 2009

Long Slow Road

It is going to be a long slow road back to pain free running....but, I think that we all expected that.

After my first run on Friday, I felt great! On Saturday - not so much. I had all of the usual aches and pains that I think that most people feel after a long break from running: The muscles on the outside of my shins were sore, my quads were sore, and my left IT Band was super tight. All of those were totally expected and not all that unwelcome. The dull muscle aches let me know that I was out there pounding it out. I'm sort of a masochist like that. In my spare time, I like to also punch myself in the face.

The thing that particularly concerned me though was the slight ache on my shin near my stress fracture. When I realized that it was in fact my BONE that was sore, I got cranky. Not normal cranky, more like "someone kicked my puppy" cranky. But, just like everything else it passed with time. (Read: It passed when my wife proceeded to get cranky because I was cranky - a vicious circle for sure.) I did some reading and found that 100% pain free activity was a bit unrealistic which eased my mind a bit. *fingers crossed* * sphincter puckered*

So, instead of aggravating it more and pushing myself back further I rested on Saturday and went for a solid 14 mile bike ride averaging about 16.5 mph. Since my mom and sister were in town, I tried to keep it as short as possible. But, I did take the time to explore a pretty good sized park that is near my house: Freestone Park in Gilbert, Arizona (or maybe Mesa, Arizona. I'm not sure where the city line is). It is a really neat park with walking paths, a cool lake, and even a little carnival type place with a 6 person Farris wheel. Basically the type of carnival where preschoolers get their squeal on and where dreams go to die. :) Just kidding, it is actually pretty cool.


There is a 5K here in a few weeks. I think that my wife and I may do it.

Make it a great week! I'm 12 oz of Starbucks coffee into my day, so it is a GREAT day. After all, I'm going for a run tonight. What could be better?

10 comments:

The Sean said...

Welcome Back!!

Now stay healthy and ease into it!!!

Do you ever hike north of Tucson?

Pat said...

I've spent many a night playing softball in Freestone. Speaking of where dreams go to die.

It is Gilbert and they have a wonderful city gym there. It's pay by day or month and well worth it.

Good luck in the Gilbert Days 5k. Isn't that an evening run?

Adam said...

Pat: It is - and unfortunately it is on a FRIDAY afternoon at 3:30.... the first Friday that I will have to be out of town in quite some time.

Chad said...

It's hard getting your head to not think every little twinge is a problems when you are coming back from an injury. Just go slow and rest when needed.

That park does look like a great place to run.

Spike said...

just take some time and ease back into it, a few days off with lots of ice after a run.

better to take it easy now and fully recover than kick butt for a week and make things worse.

and I know, so much easier said than done. a great way to ease frustration is to punch a llama.

Ulyana said...

It will really take no time to get back! Just make sure to cross train.

RunnuRMark said...

Oh man...nothing like a little 6-person farris wheel to give you a rush. If it makes you feel better, I barely ran at all last week too. But I did also get in a nice little bike ride on Saturday (Mr. Taint is still reminding me that it's been a while).

OhMyLaughter said...

Isn't it amazing how much Starbucks can actually brighten your day (at times)?!

Hopefully.. everything will be hurting less soon! The 5k with your wife sounds fun.

sRod said...

"I'm sort of a masochist like that. In my spare time, I like to also punch myself in the face."

So that's why you're so ugly?

I kid, I kid.

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