Monday, January 12, 2009

I'm back?

So I took all of my bloggy friends' advice and took 5 whole weeks off from running and any other sort of cardio exercise.  I must say that it was good timing, if anything, being so close to Christmas.  I also went in to see my chiropractor about my piraformis.  After two visits I was almost 75% better.  It kind of made me mad I waited so long to get in there.  And after being diligent with the heating pad and stretching I'm about 97% better.  I can sit in the car without hurting.  I am no longer waking up in the middle of the night with a throbbing butt.  This is good news.  
I started running last week.  It feels like I'm starting all over again.  The out of breath phase is bad.  The sore legs.  It's all there.  But hopefully it will come back fast.  I guess it had been more than 5 weeks off.  I really haven't been normal since August.  So the first day was a shock to me about where I am now.  I was kind of depressed.  But I'm o.k. with it now.  My knees are not 100 % better either.  But I'm just taking it easy, walking when they hurt, and not pushing it.  I'm just happy to be able to run again that I think I'll just take what I can get.  I did 25 minutes the first day.  I'm going to stick to the treadmill for a while so that I don't have to deal with ice or hills or the curve of the road.  I rested the second day and then went for 45 minutes on Wed.  I ran for 6 minutes and then walked for 1 1/2 minutes.  I rested the next day and then I did my stepper thing for an hour on Friday.  Saturday I ran for 45 minutes and did 10 minutes followed by 2 minutes of walking.  I guess I'm back to working on a base.  And that's o.k. 
My plans for the next year include running the Wasatch Back in June with a team called Mommies got Back and then hopefully staying healthy enough to run the Top of Utah Marathon in September.  I hope those are reasonable goals for me.  I guess only time will tell and I'll take it as it comes.  
Thanks to all my bloggy friends who give me such good advice and support.  It is so appreciated!


Mel said...

Yeah, for getting better! It sounds like you did a lot last week. Don't forget to ease into it. I'm so happy that you are doing Wasatch Back too! My plans also include the TOU Marathon unless I can miraculously get into ST. George.

Audrey said...

It is fun to see you have a happy post again!

Michael said...

Jen, So glad you're on the road to recovery. Take small steps until you build some endurance. The best of luck to you in training for the Top of Utah Marathon (sounds like an interesting race... much better than the bottom of Utah ;>). Mike