Sunday, May 2, 2010

Today I Ran

I ambled over to the medicine cabinet and grabbed the Advil.  Put it back. Grabbed it again.  Put it back for a final time.  I need to see what this calf really is going to feel like when I run.  Compression sleeves? I held them for a second before throwing them back to the gear bag.

I stepped out the door, getting ready for my first run in two weeks. Now that I finally realize I can be injured to the point of not being able to run, I am feeling a bit tentative.  I was almost nervous, stepping out my door and heading up the town hill, worried how the calf was going to feel. 

How did I feel?  Not great really.  But not terrible either, so that is awesome.  I will take not terrible anytime. 

My pace felt really clunky, heavy, and slow.  It was not, however, the hobble step of two weeks ago.  The calf hurt, and was restrictive - as if the muscle is shorter than it needs to be, not allowing me to open up my stride as I would like.  But it was not commanding my attention, so that is really awesome.  I will take that for now. 

Things eventually fell into place, my stride lengthening, my pace becoming lighter and more comfortable.  But definitely still pretty clunky.  The calf is definitely better, just not back to what it was before the injury.   I think if I went longer, the run might felt better - I find I am a better runner after I have run 3 miles.  But I didn't want to push the calf too much, realistically I am probably teetering on the edge of getting better and re-injuring it. 

In the end, I am calling an easy 3 miles at a 9:10 pace, a success. 

Now I am off for a dog walk, Bailey is calling.  Then I will ice, compress, and elevate.

10 comments:

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

Good deal!!! Keep babying it. Smart call on going sans compression and Advil. Now you know how it really feels. I always say that everytime i have had an injury that has kept me from running for a while, i always come back loving the running that much more. I bet even though you only got 3 miles in, it was a glorious 3 miles that you haven't experienced in 2 weeks. Nice!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

The is great news! The real test will be how the calf feels in the morning. You might want to through the compression sleeve on this evening!

misszippy said...

Glad it held up. YOu are being smart!

Midwestern Dot said...

Congrats on the small, but very important victory! Keep up the excellent work/non-work of taking care of your injury!

Jon Gilchrist said...

good shtuff...way to be patient and smart. Keep it up!

Jon said...

Glad you are able to run again. It will come back!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Woohoo for being able to get out for a run! Being able to run 3 miles after an injury is awesome! I'm glad your calf didn't bother you too bad. It sounds like it's definitely on the mend! :)

RockStarTri said...

I grade that as a huge success. Little by little you will be back where you should be.

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

yeah that you got to run!
and i agree...the leg will feel better after warming up a bit.
baby steps, baby steps right?

Patrick Mahoney said...

I'm glad you got through it, injuries are lame.

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