I did it! I successfully ran without pain or without triggering any sort of nerve activity!! I received the go ahead during my appointment Friday from my PT Amory, to begin running again. We came up with a plan of how to approach running roads, running trails, and a general guide of how to return to training. I initially planned to wait until Sunday to run with my regular group, however, on Friday night, I ended up running about 3/4 of a mile total in 200 meter increments during a fun event at EpiqX. Although I’m not sure Amory would have approved having that as my return to running, I nevertheless felt really good. And emotionally, it felt pretty damn good as well. Being able to complete the workout as it’s written is not always an option for me with this injury, but last Friday, i was able to do just that and it felt amazing!! Plus I was surrounded by long time friends and supporters so it felt very fitting.
The plan is to increase distance gradually using intervals. The intervals are up to me and are designed to give myself some variation in impact with my spine. The important thing is to just incorporate walking during the run.
With not being able to run these past 8ish weeks, I’ve had a few training posts lined up in to publish on the blog so as to keep track of the training I am doing in lieu of running, but it’s very hard to articulate the workout in an interesting way. Here is an example from a workout last week:
Split Jerk (10 Min)
Overhead Squat ((55%x10)x3)
Split Jerk Pos. Strict Press (3×6)
Snatch Grip Deadlift ((60%x8)x3)
While I think it’s interesting, it’s not the most user friendly thing to look at and be able to understand, especially if you don’t regularly lift. It really took me about 6 solid weeks to be able to read a workout and decipher the meaning behind the numbers and abbreviations.
So here is a quick summary of the last 8 weeks of training: (This is the bare bones version)
Monday: olympic lifting plus a metcon
Tuesday: accessory work plus range of motion
Wednesday: Olympic lifting plus a metcon
Friday: Olympic lifting plus a metcon
Saturday: plyometric or accessory workout plus range of motion
And the point of this post…where do I go from here?? Wellllll, months ago, I signed up for a charity 25k on an amazing trail system smack dab in the middle of Cleveland which is in early October. I am really excited for this race as 25k has been a hard distance for me to feel comfortable with. It’s long but not that long so how fast should I be going? You get the point. And I may have some other exciting things on the horizon but I’m going to wait to share until the details are confirmed. And that’s it. No other races planned (as of yet). We’ll see how the next few weeks pan out
For this week, I plan to try and run every other day. Since I ran yesterday, I’ll take today off. And for tomorrow, I’ll try to run 3 easy miles in the evening. Thursday, I plan to get some pre dawn solo miles in and I cannot wait-I have been fantasizing about seeing the sunrise on a run for weeks! It’s going to be interesting to see how I can weave running in with my newfound love of lifting, but I think with persistence and consistence, all things are possible.