With the (quite hopeful) potential of getting the (return-to-running) green light from the surgeon on the horizon, I wanted to be especially careful with my walking mileage (you know...so as to NOT jinx anything). Yeah...that was my plan on paper....
Monday's emotions: contemplative, sad, respectful, pride-laden
Well, that conservative mileage idea kinda sorta (most definitely) went out the door on Monday. Monday was not an ordinary Monday this week. It was Patriot Day, a day I take very seriously. In years past, I have always done something symbolic to commemorate this day and pay honor to it. I have run for 9.11 minutes. I have walked for 9.11 minutes in complete silence (no music). One year, I even ran 9.11 miles after work (under especially hot and humid conditions).
|During my morning 3-miler|
|9.11 miles done in tribute to September 11th|
Tuesday's emotions:calm and needing recovery
Tuesday was very low key, and a much-needed recovery day for my legs. A mere 1.5 mile in the early hours with the hubby and Max, and 3-total (cumulative) miles for the entire day.
|The daily morning jaunt....|
Wednesday, I was out the door (on my own this time) for two hilly miles in my neighborhood.
|Post walk...stretching in the (still) dark morning hours|
|Back in a tank top!!!!|
Thursday morning, I met up with Barb for a very fast-paced 3.5 miles at 5:00 a.m., then Max and I did another 1/2 mile trip around the block.
|I had to finally break out the Visi-belt....|
|Upon leaving the surgeon's office, I was so excited for my return to running|
As eager as I was to get back on the road and return to running, I knew it would not be just like picking up from where I left off three months ago. I wanted it to be a monumental endeavor, so I decided to wait until Saturday...when I'd have more time to really enjoy it (and not have to worry about getting to work on time, etc.). The hubby and I took Max for a quick 2-miler, and I called it good.
|It felt SO good to be back in summertime temps!|
The weather was perfect (mid-60's...just like summer, which is my favorite time of year). I purposely did not set my alarm because I wanted this endeavor to be in full daylight so I could cherish every moment. I headed out around 7:00 and walked about 1/4 mile to warm up (in addition to some foam rolling and dynamic "warm-ups"). When I broke into a run, I could feel my eyes welling up and there was a bit of a lump in my throat. I felt ZERO aches, pains, or stiffness. My goal was to run for 3 city blocks, then walk for 2....and I did that for a total of 3.5 miles. It felt SO good to be running again, even if it was with intervals. Feeling the sweat running down my back, squinting into the sun, and
double-knotting my laces...total euphoria! It almost felt like I'd never had that 3-month sabbatical!
|All aglow and happy to be running again!|
|With the son, the sis, and doing the Wave|
Sunday emotions: ouch!
I woke up Sunday morning feeling like I'd been hit by a bus. It's probably a combination of (1) DOMS from Saturday's monumental run, (2) sitting for 3+ hours in a cramped football stadium, and (3) aches/pains from that catastrophic fall. There's a lovely (NOT) "saddlebag-looking" bulge on my right outer upper thigh at the moment (don't be jealous), but I think I'll survive this.
|It was damp and chilly...|
|The bike felt better this week|
Another thing I did this week was my first-ever water cleanse/sugar detox. I drink a lot of water, but I usually have to add some sort of flavoring to it. My goal was to make it Monday-Friday drinking only plain water for all of my beverage needs (that means no milk, no juice, no chai latte'...can you see the struggle?). As for the sugar, I tried to not have any blatant sugar-laden foods (candy, granola bars, jam, etc.). I'm happy to report both of these challenges were not that tough, and I did great keeping myself disciplined (there even was a coworker's birthday at work, and I resisted the urge to grab a donut or mini candy bar). I didn't take any measurements, so I don't know if I lost any inches...but I did lose a few pounds (which is probably water weight, so I doubt that's a valid "gain" from the experience). I don't know if I feel any better for the process, but it definitely felt good to know I was making more conscious decisions on what I put into my mouth.
In case you missed them, here's my posts from last week:
The Waiting Game
Summer 2017---Thumbs-up? or Thumbs-down?
Where Are You Running?
My Road to Recovery update:
There's not much left to report on this. I know I'm still not fully recovered (will I ever be 100% back to "normal?"), but each week I can feel more flexibility and range of motion in my knee. It's hard to believe it's been almost an entire three months since all of this drama started, but I do feel better and stronger for the experience. I definitely have a better perspective on the "bigger picture" and that will enable me to not dwell on little frustrations as much as I used to do. Onward!
In other news:
Did you catch my #FridayFashionFlair post on Instagram? Even though the Iowa temps were flirting with the 90's, it still was chilly in my office. The long sleeves served me well, and you all know I love bright colors. It just happened to work out that my nail polish (from earlier in the week) was still intact and matched almost as good as my lipstick. Priorities, right? You're invited to play along...post a pic of your Friday outfit (or a favorite outfit from the week), use the hashtag #FridayFashionFlair, and tag me (@runningonthefly). It's fun to see my fitness-minded friends in non-workout clothing!
I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap. This weekly check-in is such a great place to connect with fellow fitness-minded peeps. Please join us!