(Happy to be back running)
Everywhere I turn, another one of my running friends is reporting an injury or an illness. It must be because we’re in peak training season and I guess it was a matter of time before I would join the ranks of injured runners too.
As I wrote last week, I pulled my hammy doing some speedwork. I also woke up the next day with a chest infection. Oh yay – the double whammy… injury and illness!
When it comes to injuries and illness, I like to play it conservative. I don’t push through like I did when I was younger. I’m not an elite runner, so a little rest doesn’t set me back too far. Over the past 10 days I’ve been resting – no running, no weights, no nothing. Just work, family life and healthy eating. It’s been really hard mentally because I really wanted to do a hard workout and seeing my co-workers leave for the gym at lunch made me feel a bit lonely and jealous – but I knew it was for the best.
A stitch in time saves nine is my mantra when I’m injured.
The ‘stitch in time’ is simply the sewing up of a small hole or tear in a piece of material, so saving the need for more stitching at a later date when the hole has become larger.
Preventing FURTHER injury and illness is more important to me than losing a bit of strength and endurance. I can always build that back up slowly once I’m better.
After 10 days of rest, I *think* I’m finally on the mend!!!
I went out for a conservative 5k run today and felt fine (Hooray!). It was cold out (12 F), so I layered up, took my time and enjoyed the fact that I could run again. It felt amazing and it looks like I can slowly return to my training. (Note: I did not say jump back into training).
I realize that I need to continue to be conservative and ease back in. I’m no spring chicken anymore (40 I’m pointing at you!). Things take longer to heal and illness take longer to recover from. This week my goal is to run 2-3 times and hit the weights once. Perhaps my week will go a little like this:
Tuesday: Run 5k at lunch
Friday: Run 5k at lunch
Saturday: 10k run
Total km this week: 5
3 week total km: 64
In other non-running news, I just spent the most amazing weekend with my daughters. I took Friday off of work because they had a day off from school for parent-teacher interviews, then spent the afternoon bowling with them, then we went to a friend’s house to hang out.
Then Saturday the girls played three hockey games, and I took Amber to parent-n-tot gymnastics. The girls won all of their games on Saturday and were in the gold medal game on Sunday morning…and they won!!!
Sierra was their goalie for three out of the four games and she only had two goals scored on her for the entire tournament. Both of the girls won player of the game during one of the games of the tourney, Sierra was player of the game for the first game, and Brooke was player of the game in the third game.
(Let’s just ignore that blatant marketing to children logo on the player of the game stick).
All in all we’ve had a great week. It wasn’t as active for me as I wanted it to be, but I’m now feeling better and I can’t wait to ease back into training.
Have a great week everyone!
How was your week?