Injury Log Week 10: The Roller Coaster of Emotion

Another week has gone.  In two weeks, I’ll have run for as long as I rested.  As time keeps ticking on and my miles increase, my foot feels fine. 

Injury Timeline:

March 1: Calceaneaous Stress Fracture Occurs (Known as the Heel Bone)

Week 1: (March 2-8): Boot, slight pain, and swelling, allowed to swim

Week 2: (March 9-15): Boot, minimal pain, minor swelling, allowed to swim

Week 3: (March 16-22): Boot, no pain or swelling, gyms closed, and almost 0 activity

Week 4: (March 23-29): Boot, no pain, added core

Week 5: (March 30th-April 5): Boot removed, no pain, core, and leisurely walks

Week 6: (April 6th-April 12th): easy walks, 1.5-mile walk-run, core

Week 7: (April 13-April 19): 1.5-2 mile walk-runs, core (Total Walk-Run miles 13)

Week 8: (April 20-26) 2-4 mile walk-runs, core (Total Miles 24)

Week 9: April 27-May 3rd 4-5 mile runs, core  (Total Miles 35)

Week 10: May 4th- May 10th 6-7 mile runs, Virtual 5k (20:53) (Total Miles 42)

Thoughts:

This week brought every emotion.  I wrote more about it in the newsletter, but it felt like I rode a good day followed by a bad day, repeat, repeat. It feels as though we have been doing this “forever” but have a long way to go.

I <3 Mom 5k: (20:53)

I decided to run the J&A I <3 Mom Virtual 5k. I had no idea what my fitness would be. The virtual race confirmed what I already knew when my body broke: my body needed a break.  

When I first got injured with a calcaneus stress fracture, I was sad. No one wants a stress fracture, but I also knew my body needed a break. I had been go go going (albeit not as high of mileage in the last few years) but hadn’t had a longer break. I wasn’t getting faster. I was stagnant and running anywhere between 20-21 minute 5ks. That’s great for a lot of people, but when your PR is 18:12, it’s not where you want to be. I respected my broken foot. At first, I swam, and when that was taken away, I did nothing. When I mean nothing, there was about 2 weeks where I maybe logged 1000 steps around the house. Maybe.

During the I <3 Mom Virtual 5k, I ran slightly faster than the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run. There are obviously many more factors, including course, weather, etc.

The rest ultimately makes me feel out of shape now, but I do know in the long term, it will be best. I’ve set all of my PRs after injury. On Sunday, I ran a 20:53 5k with a lot of fitness to be regained.  A few months ago, I ran a 20:XX 5k, burned out, and stale.

Posts from the Week:

Saucony Peregrine 10 Shoe Review

How to Stay Motivated to Run

The Benefits of Apricots

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Questions for you:

How has your running been?

Are you doing any virtual races?