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No One Said Post-Recovery Would Be Easy, Or Fun, And Definitely Not Fast
I waited with anticipation, like waiting for the pregnancy test to say negative or positive. Ok, so maybe not that dramatic, but still I was on pins and needles with excitement waiting to get my running recovery plan.
And then the email came..... and.... in 3 weeks I am up to running 3 miles without walking. WHAT?!? No, surely I didn't read that right. I missed something. Nope, that's what it said. At first I was super disappointed. Surely this isn't right. But then I started looking over the plan. And I realized that my trainer has me doing something toward healing, getting stronger, being a better runner, every day.
So I took a step back and realized that she's right. She prefaced the plan with the following message "It's better to keep it pain free than to make it too hard and re-injure the muscle" (Elizabeth DeSousa, Personal Design Fitness). So I'm going to trust the process, trust the plan, and trust my trainer. I know it's my responsibility to listen to my body, to stop a workout if needed, and to let her know if I'm having pain so that she can modify.
And once I got over the initial disappointment, I was excited to have a plan of action. And although my running might not be significantly increasing, my level of activity will be. I will be cross training 3 times per week, strength training 3 times per week, running 3 times per week, and walking 1 day a week. (Of course all of this is contingent on being pain free etc).
I'm hoping for a March 10 mile race. I was given a 'maybe' if I continue to be pain free. And instead of being devastated that I might miss some Spring races, I'm excited at the fact of becoming an overall healthier person and stronger runner. (remind me of this if I have a set back)
Yesterday, I did 30 minutes on the elliptical. Normally it would have been a rest day. Today, I could feel the calf just a little and stopped to stretch twice. But I got in 3.5 miles today (2 miles running).
It sure feels good to sweat again.
Slow and steady.... slow and steady...
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