To Run or Not to Run…

Oh, hi!! I’ve missed yall. Thanks for your kind words on the previous post and thanks for sticking with me and being so supportive through this recovery.

Week 17

Monday: 3 mile walk, 40 minute elliptical, 20 minute bike, weights. I have no idea why I did so much. I decided to walk with one of my best friends parents in Nashville early in the morning before work and decided I needed more of a workout that afternoon. I then spent my night chasing down Connie Britton (Nashville fans, anyone?), listening to Vince Gill and Amy Grant, and then singing Sweet Home Alabama with Brooke Hogan. Yes, I lived it up in Nashville Monday night. I have no idea what came over me. IMG_4287

IMG_4299Tuesday: a very hungover 20 minute bike, 40 min elliptical

Wednesday: 20 minute bike, 40 minute elliptical, weights

Thursday: 25 minute AlterG run at 70% body weight

Friday: 30 minute AlterG run at 70% body weight and private pilates session. I ran 3 miles! I snuck an extra 5 minutes on the machine just to see how I would feel and I felt great! I also made it to the Braves game that night with Johanna. 1098367_10200369512823722_672781356_n

Saturday: 20 minute bike, 40 minute elliptical, weights

Sunday: 3 mile walk with my sister and my favorite little nuggetIMG_4331

Even though I was in a hotel, the pool was outside and the weather wasn’t great when I was in Nashville. So I was stuck on machines the entire time. This past week, it was very similar. I was in Savannah, but the indoor pool was in the very middle of the hotel (very odd) and I didn’t feel comfortable pool running in the lobby. Just too strange. I stuck to the machines.

Week 18

Monday: 20 minute bike, 40 minute elliptical, weights

Tuesday: 20 minute bike, 40 minute elliptical

Wednesday: 20 minute bike, 2o minute walk, 20 minutes on the elliptical. I am starting to go crazy on the elliptical. I’ve learned that the newer model ellipticals are harder on my body-they are more of a running motion and you really have to use the arm parts to move the machine.

I’m not sure if it was all of the driving and the newer machines, but my hip was/is a little swollen this week. It doesn’t really hurt, but it doesn’t feel as good as it did 2 weeks ago. Or maybe I am just overly sensitive mentally to it all?

Thursday: private pilates

Friday: 25 minute AlterG run at 80% body weight. I didn’t realize how different 70% and 80% would feel, but it still felt fine to run.IMG_4367

Saturday: 20 minute bike, 40 minute elliptical, weights. SO SO SO bored. Only thing getting me through the machines these days is Breaking Bad episodes on Netflix. Almost caught up to this season.

Sunday: Full on rest day. My body needs it. I’m trying to listen.

Here is my 100% honesty…

I am freaking out about my hip. I am not really in pain, but there is swelling in my hip. And the icing and anti-inflammatory meds aren’t really helping. I made myself take today off. I don’t want to. I want to sweat, I need to sweat, and quite frankly, I really need the calorie burn.  I am legit also going a bit crazy. I MISS running. I MISS the real burn and sweat and effort from Flywheel. I just miss making a real effort in a workout. Does that make sense? I am so thankful that I can do what I can do at this point, but I am really mentally ready for more.

I am supposed to be running a relay race at the end of September. 6 weeks from now. Initially I thought this would be easy and I would be fine at this point in my recovery. But now I am worried. I can see why doc was concerned at my last appointment. I am still not on the road and my hip is already swelling. This can’t be good. I have an appointment next week to check in with the PT to get more guidance on what to do.

You have no idea how badly I want to run this relay race. I just don’t know if 10-14 miles over a 24 hour period is wise. AT ALL. I feel like I’ve been really smart and safe for 18 very long weeks and don’t want to jeapordize my progress over my “wants” of running. I also don’t want to bail on my teammates, but I don’t want to put them in a position where they have to run 2 of my 3 legs either.

So here is where I need your advice. If you were me, what would you do? Go and run what you can and let your teammates run what you can’t do? Back out to be safe? Suck it up buttercup and run it? 

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  • Wow what a hard choice! Looking back you have come so far and it would really bite to hurt yourself just on one event. I would try and see how long it might take until you get to hit the road and evaluate how you feel then. The pool running still cracks me up I wouldn’t be able to take myself seriously.

  • Maybe you can drive the van?

    And, someone told me that you are looking fab u lous, by the way. And I can tell by how hot you were at the Braves game in that pic.

    Don’t run the relay, unless your doc okays it. You’ve followed the plan this long…stay the course. 2014, baby!

  • Ugh. I don’t know what to say, other than I hope you continue to heal, and don’t run unless you get the ok… I understand your frustrations, but you don’t want to make anything worse 🙁

  • Great question. I was in this same position last year with Ragnar NW Passage. I would say from my experience don’t do it. Even though you really want to run, you also don’t want to take any steps backwards from all of the progress that you have made. It is hard to decide, but there will be other relays. I know the decision is entirely yours, but if you want my two cents at least you have it. 🙂

    Oh, next time you are in Nashville I totally want to fly out and hang with you! Okay?

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