Today's run was an interesting experience for a number of reasons. First, since I've been "walking" for "exercise," I've been carrying my iPhone and listening to tunes a lot, which I am staunchly opposed to as a runner. So when I left my apartment this morning carrying just my keys, I felt as though I had forgotten something critical, like shorts. Which I might as well have, since I celebrated my return by donning my shortest short shorts.
Second, my Garmin has not been used since March 23rd, since I didn't bother bringing it to Ireland for a race that would take longer than the Garmin battery can last. When I finally plugged it in to charge, it thought it was 3:21pm on April 30th. Luckily that seemed to resolved itself as soon as it connected with the satellites, but since it was so out of practice at doing that, it took more than a mile, and wasn't the most accurate it's ever been...
|Believe it or not, I did not actually fly to the Park and start my run there.|
Nor did I run up and down Park for two blocks on my way home.
I know that the come back is a critical phase, post-stress fracture, and I want to be diligent about not re-injuring myself by doing too much, too soon. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to appropriately do this. I didn't think to ask the doctor at the time, and he didn't volunteer that information. Pfitzinger has some information I've found helpful, including tips such as "When you can walk briskly for an hour without pain, you should be able to try a small dose of running," which means I was actually doing something right without even knowing it!
That said, Pfitz also has complicated tables suggesting 5 min of running followed by 5 minutes of walking followed by 7 minutes of running, followed by 3 minutes of walking, ad nuaseum. Let's be real: I'm just not going to do that.
But what I will do is: run no more often than every other day; continue to cross train; and build miles slooooooooly.. I was averaging 15-20 mpw of walking, but I'm looking at 10-15 running miles each of the next two weeks, and using the 10% rule through June, until I'm holding down 30+mpw. Which will already put me about a month behind for Fall training. How inspiring...
Based on that, my next few days will theoretically look like this:
Wed: Run 4 miles. Check!
Thurs: SoulCycle, because I already registered for it
Fri: Business trip, excellent excuse to save space and not pack sneakers, holler!
Sat: Run 4 miles to combat inevitable Memorial Day Weekend hangover
Sun: Lie out in bikini, SPF 1,000,000
Mon: Go for a walk, try to remember what it is we're memorializing
Tue: Run 5 miles, weep over return to office after five days out
Thurs: Pack for Cape Cod, including sneakers
Fri: Drive to Cape, run 4 miles, make much merriment
Sat: Combat rehearsal dinner hangover with wedding day alcohol
Sun: Easy short run on the beach, sweat out alcohol
Do you have any tips for coming back from a stress fracture? Fair warning: if they include kale, I hate you.