Back from holiday and back to normal, I began this week with a bucket load of optimism (surely there will come a day when I realise that an optimistic life is just not for me!) and the motivation to get back on the treadmill. Week 3 of my physio’s return to running plan was beckoning, along with a return to core strength work at the gym.
Monday’s run the first of week 3, followed the same format of warm up walk, run/walk intervals and a cool down walk. Using my regular 5k route, I ran/walked the distance in 36 minutes which included 3 run intervals of 8 minutes each. Each 8 minutes felt twice as hard and twice as long as the previous one but I made it home and once rested my leg seemed ok. A similar story can be said of my second run of the week, which also had a total of 24 minutes running but this time in two 12 minute intervals. Home, rest, and leg ok.
This is the point at which I’d like to stop and congratulate myself on another step forward, however it’s not quite that simple. Although my pain was minimal for the rest of the day after my runs, the next morning my calf felt very tight and painful to walk on. This would ease off through the day and would be ok soon enough. I shared this at my physio appointment on Friday morning and was told that it shouldn’t be hurting that much the next day.
That this pain meant I was placing too much stress on my leg.
And that I needed to step back my progress.
As you can imagine this was not what I wanted to hear, especially when I thought I was making such good progress. But, even so, this was only a minor setback as the physio exercises I’ve been doing are working well to strengthen my muscles and my insoles also seem to be helping stabilise my floppy right ankle.
So, this morning I went out for my much loved Sunday morning run, repeating run 1 from week 3, i.e. the run I did on Monday. Maybe not stepping back my progress far enough but I will find that out tomorrow when I will or won’t be able to make it down the stairs pain free.
That’s all for this week, 3 runs totalling 15km and I’m happy (foolishly optimistic) that I’ll be 10k ready for September.
Have a great week folks, K x