I had a bit of a breakthrough at PT this week. I was told to give my legs a try and go for a run. So I did… And it seems like everything is going pretty well. I can still feel the sciatic pain on uphills, but for the most part, things are looking up. Running on road feels a little weird, but not painful. Luckily, I live in SLC where there are tons of trails. I’ve mostly been sticking to those.
This week was definitely the first in a long time that made me think that I could run a good marathon time relatively soon. It’s basically a miracle that I’ve healed so fast, so I am not totally convinced yet that I am tI’m not taking on any speedwork for a while, but that’s ok. For now, I just need to get my endurance back.
This was my week:
Monday: Went to PT (I’m usually pretty tired after that so I don’t run)
Tuesday: 5.1 miles running and walking with overall 10:31 pace (on road) + Bikram Yoga
Wednesday: 6.4 mile trail race 11:51/mi with 1600 ft gain
Thursday: Went to PT + Bikram Yoga
Friday: Easy 3.1 miles on road (10:36/mi)
Saturday: 3.4 easy on dirt road (10:44/mi) w/ 400 ft of gain
Sunday: 12.3 miles (10:30/mi) w 1100 ft of gain
Total: 30 miles w/ 3400 ft of gain
The long run was the real test and except on a few uphills, I got no pain at all from my leg or back. Here are a few pics from the run (and yes, that’s me in the background freaking out about the snake).
I’d say that it was a rather good week. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m making a transition from roads to trail. It’s easy to get trail mileage here since the mountains are so close. I’m learning a lot about myself during this injury, but most of all, I’m learning that my favorite type of running is on trail. St. George Marathon might be my last road race for a while and, assuming my injury is settling down, I have a few wild plans in mind for some awesome trail races.
This week has started off to a good start. Check out the video I made on my run this afternoon on the Pipeline Trail!
Hope your training is going well! Have you ever had an injury that sidelined you for a long time? What did you do to stay active while you healed?