On Friday night, I did not sleep well at all. In total, I probably slept about 2.5-3 hours. Normally, on a Saturday that wouldn’t matter, because I’ve been in “recovery mode” (you can also read that as lazy) for months now. But this weekend, it mattered, because I had plans and had to be up early!
Ya. It was a pretty big day.
Friday was the doctor approved date for me to “add running back to my routine, slowly.” So my sister, my friend, and I all headed out for the Saturday morning group run hosted by our local running store. We chose the middle route, which totaled 4.5 miles. There was a shorter route of 2.85 miles which we could have taken if things went south.
The night before, we got some much needed rain, and it lingered on Saturday morning. But it was welcomed, and I have always loved running in the rain, so I took it as a sign of good luck. It was basically a light, sporadic sprinkle that helped keep things nice and cool during our little adventure. The route itself was nice, with green, tree lined streets, farms and minimal hills.
And also…it took us through my favorite little park that has a pretty epic slide.
…that I chose to slide down, even though it was wet. The water made the slide super fast! But my pants and bum where wet for the rest of the run.
#fail. Oh well. It was worth it.
I had a lot of fun! It was awesome to be running with my sister again, because that’s always an adventure. Even more awesome, was the fact that my friend ran for the first time ever and learned that she can, in fact, run for a minute at a time! I was proud of her, and am secretly hoping she gets bitten by the running bug.
My foot basically reacted in the same way it did during the walk from last week. It didn’t hurt during the run, but it was a little sore in the evening with a little swelling. I iced it when I got home, and today I woke up, all pain and swelling was gone.
My pace was very slow, but that was intentional. Doing 1 minute jogs with 5 minute walks doesn’t exactly equal fast…but I had so much fun just being outside doing something familiar, that my time wasn’t even a real concern! It’s almost like I was just running just for fun, and previous to my injury I kind of lost sight of that, and what it felt like.
Please note that my Garmin says 4 miles…we actually did 4.52, but my Garmin didn’t start right away and I didn’t notice until a 1/2 mile into our route. :/
I do know that this journey isn’t over. And running again is going to be slow, and may have some bumps in the road…but I’m going to take it one day at a time and just hope for the best.
After the run, we got coffee, hit up the farmers market, went to lunch, REI, Hobby Lobby, and Cost Plus. After a full morning/afternoon of fun I came home and worked a few hours of overtime…that was the least favorite thing of my day.
I have a 5k next weekend, and the Tinkerbell races the following weekend. So this week at the gym, I plan to stick with swimming and non-weightbearing activities to allow my foot added rest/recovery time. Next weekend we plan to try a 2 minute jog/4 minute walk combo to see how my foot fairs with that at the race.