Another week of running down and for the most park, I felt fine, just tired. As I’ve mentioned, eventually I’m going to stop blogging about my calcaneus stress fracture and recovery. Truthfully, I worry (for no reason), when I stop blogging about it, I’ll jynx it and it will come back. Which I fully realize is an irrational thought.
March 1: Calcaneus 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)
Week 11: May 11-May 17 7 mile runs, Virtual 5k (21:15) (Total miles 49)
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|Planes and Pancakes 5k: (21:15)| Slower than last week, but more consistent than last week (6:42, 6:51, 7:00). It’s been a long week and the humidity was high. While on paper the time was slower, it was a harder effort. Heel feels fine which is the best part.
This is the fastest I’ve come back from a stress fracture. I haven’t had any pain while coming back (so far). While I feel out of shape from not running, I don’t have pain which is the primary goal. Next week marks 6 weeks in, 6 weeks out.
I was telling one of my friends that time is going by fast but also so slow. It feels like it’s still March and I haven’t seen many people since I was walking around in a boot.
Anyway, I’m happy to be running and while I’m typically tired from increasing mileage, my heel is not in pain. My goal is to get back into sub 20 shape by my 30th birthday (July 12th). When racing resumes I would like to train for a half and be under 1:25 again. Distant reflections of a past self. While it used to “seem easy” for me, the last few years that hasn’t been the case so I have some work to do.
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