Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Getting back to running

This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but with a whimper.  – Somebody famous, probably. 

As such, as suddenly as it started, on Saturday my 18 week running hiatus ended. I didn’t really get approval to do it, my knee didn’t even stop hurting 100%, but the timing felt right and I just decided to dive in and get it over with (That’s what she said!).

I don’t take a lot of pics while running, so here is a pic that basically looks like me 


Probably the most frustrating thing about this injury has been the ambiguity.  It is seriously the most passive aggressive injury I’ve ever had. “Well Adam, if you knew me well enough, you would KNOW when it was okay to start running again. Also, I’m not mad. I mean if I have to tell you why I’m mad then it really shows what you think of my feelings.”  So, I suppose it is rather fitting that even the ending should be somewhat ambiguous.  My knee isn’t 100%, it probably isn’t even 90%, but I’m going to push forward as long as it doesn’t get any worse. If it ever does get worse, it is back to the Ben and Jerry’s, sweatpants, and Netflix.

By all measures, my Physical Therapist essentially got tired of seeing me. So, Monday was my last scheduled appointment. Over the course of the last 10 weeks or so he ran out of new exercises for me to do, put me on a ‘self study’ course, gave me a swat on the ass, handed me his personal “special clients only” number???, and after a gentle embrace whispered into my ear to “call if I needed ANYTHING at all”.  He sure was nice. The pain has only started to get better within the last 2 weeks, but the PT said that I am getting much stronger in my hips which should hopefully prevent any issues in the future.

So, I’M BACK!  It should be really interesting to see how much fitness I’ve lost in the last few months and how long it will take for me to be 100% - if I ever will be. I’m going to follow the same general comeback plan as I did for my stress fractures whereby I run 3 miles 2x a week followed by 3 miles 3x a week.  Once I’m running 3 miles every other day I’ll slowly start to bring up the mileage.

All of that said, while I have the approval to run, but I am obviously very guarded (and, judging by this blog post, rather jaded). I don’t want to run too far, too fast, or too consistently.  I’m essentially in the airport security line of hurry up and wait:  Hurry through the security checkpoint line to wait in the metal detector line and oh my god who carries $3.78 in nickels and pennies anymore and NO you can’t bring your Starbucks mocha through and SERIOUSLY is that a full sized shampoo bottle!?  

But, ambiguous or not, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel….and that is an amazing feeling.



11 comments:

Gracie said...

I know the feeling, Adam. Congrats and good luck!

Kate Geisen said...

Hurray! Hoping it's not a freight train. :)

Elaine said...

This is great news. Good luck!

Laura said...

Wow, your picture of you running on the beach is SO sexy... I am glad you are back to it!

Sue's Ramblings said...

Sending positive vibes your way...

T-Rex Runner said...

1. I am so glad you're back to running!!! 2. I know who those people in the security line are with tons of coins and full size bottles of shampoo. They are all my friends from South Carolina who have never been on a plane before and suddenly have to travel for work. Never as in NEVER. I literally cannot.

Julie D said...

Yay! I'm just coming back into running, also, for different reasons, but yeah, you'll find it's not as much starting over as it is having it be fresh for a little bit again!

fueledbylolz.com said...

I'm glad to hear you are back. I always hate the first few weeks back. You don't really know what to expect and you feel all over the place. I can't wait to see how you progress and how you do. Best of luck Adam!

ben said...

Welcome back!

Running Through Phoenix said...

You know, come to think of it, your hips ARE getting stronger.

Anita said...

Back in the Saddle again..Yah Ya!