Friday, November 26, 2010

Rehab: Attempt 2

Disclaimer: I know I have come a long way in a very short amount of time. I mean to completely break my fibula bone, and 60 days later, I am on the track "running" again; that is awesome. My Ortho doc has explained to me that this type of injury typically takes 3-4 months to get to where I am currently, so I am proud and happy on how fast and well my body is healing. :)

Today I went out to the W&L track for running attempt #2. I "ran" 2 miles today, with a total mileage of 3. (when you add in the walking distance.)
I did the following:
1x1600 "run". 1x400 walk. 1x1600 "run". 1x400 walk. 1x400 "run". 1x 400 walk.
I began to "run" a third mile, but stopped after 400, not because of any pain, or discomfort, but because of frustration. Yes, I mentally crumbled.
At best, I only dropped to a 9:59 pace. Frustrating!! (Please see disclaimer) Mentally, I know what I can do, where I was this past year, so it's frustrating to be trying my all, and see only a 9:59 average on the Garmin.Blah.
I know, I know, it's completely silly to want an 8 minute mile pace's like I have a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. The Angel is saying " great job!" "You've come so far so quickly!" and "Give it time, you'll be back to normal in no time!" The devil is telling me "Come on drop pace!!' "Woo hoo a 10 minute mile pace" (in a sarcastic tone). "look that jogger just passed you!"....urghe!

Again, please see disclaimer.

I plan to go out again on Sunday, all I can do is keep chugging along, and remain positive. I will get back to my 8 minute pace, and beyond, but later not today. :)

One bonus is I finally got to wear my new CW-X tights!

I love them!! It was a chilly, and drizzly morning, and they kept me very warm/toasty. :)


  1. Tara, thats freakin AWESOME!!! Don't get discouraged! Also, I've been running without a watch at all (not necessarily on purpose) and its so much more relaxing. Just worry about getting stronger, your speed will come back when your body is ready. Congrats!!!

  2. Ya, I think I really have a love/hate relationship with the Garmin. I love it because it's cool, it shows my time, pace, and numbers....I hate it bc it beats me up mentally! ( both before pre and post injury)
    So I do think i will go watchless, build up strength and then speed.
    Who knows where I'l be in a month, I was told by many I would not be here by 2 I'm looking forward :)

  3. Just keep it up, and progress gradually! It will come! Beth's right about leaving the watch at home. Since you're on the track you don't need it to calculate distance. Celebrate adding a lap or two as your legs can do more. The speed will come when you're ready!

  4. Enjoy it! I 3rd (4th?) the no watch idea. When I started running I didn't even take my watch to the track. Just enjoy RUNNING again. Maybe I'll see you at the yoga studio sometime again soon too!