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?