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I admit it, I am cheating...

Monday, February 22, 2010

because the doc told me no running for 6 more weeks. Well, that didn't last long. I actually did go back to walking for two weeks, then to run/walking for two weeks, and now I'm starting to go back to running. Here's the thing. There is no pain, not before the run, during the run, after the run, hours after the run, the day after the run. It's all gone. I have been doing lots of strength training - my PT and then some.

I have found that it is making a difference in my strength, especially in my ability to run hills. For example, 5 weeks ago, I did a 7.33 mile run on the Flying Pig course. Pace: 13:09 (not fast, but not really much slower than where I was last fall when I was in a lot of pain). This past weekend, I did 6.48 on the Flying Pig course, in mostly the same place (up the "big hill" and back down). Pace: 12:13. That's a minute difference in pace in a 5 week period. I attribute it to the strength training more than anything. I RAN all the way up the hill. Haven't done that since last March. And, I did have one mile where I was in the 10's!

It may not seem like much to those who regularly run their miles at 8-9 minutes per mile, but it's big to me. Because, I was training consistently at 9:30 per mile, and the injury made me SO much slower - up to 12:30-13:00 minutes per mile. And, now my averages are coming back down.

I know it will take a long time, but I think I can get back where I want to be with my running times.

I decided to forgo the full marathon in may, and run the half. I don't know if I'll PR, but since my only "official" half marathon time was 2:27 that I got while injured last year, I guess it is possible. My "unofficial" PR is a 2:07, but that is a marathon split (believe it or not). My race plan for the whole year is up in the air - I have the opportunity to race twice in March - but I don't know if I will do any racing until the Pig. Don't want to go too fast, too soon!

I have been trying so hard to remain positive about this whole thing, and think I have done a pretty good job - but understand that it is pretty hard for me to ALWAYS be positive. I'm fatter, and slower now. But I am NOT living every moment in my life in pain any more, and that is a positive thing.
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    Congrats on being back. Glad to hear you are taking your recovery at your pace, and that your times are improving.
    Looking forward to being on the course with you in May!
    3890 days ago
    I'm so glad to hear you're back at it!! I think if there's no pain whatsoever, then why not ease back into it?? Awesome! I won't tell the doc you're cheating ;)

    I didn't go to DSO the other night - I didn't even know they were in town, hah. Did you go?
    3891 days ago
    OMG Mollie,

    You are HEALTHY again! I would love to be 100% again.. I'm still struggling with my leg, so the answer to your question is no-- no marathon for me this spring! But, I'm not giving up on running... I'm working on "curing" my leg... i had a 30 min pain free run on the TM yesterday, but today, my left knee was definitely bothering me... it's right around the outside of my knee cap... arghhh. rough times!

    Cheating or not-- you know your body and the Dr is being precautious...I totally get it.. I know i'd be cheating...

    I'm just so thrilled that you are back in the swing of things- running pain-free is awesome!!!
    3891 days ago
    Sounds like your recovery is COMPLETE! WOO HOO!! Don't worry about PR's this year - knock 'em dead next year!
    3891 days ago
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