It’s Saturday, which would usually indicate my long run day, but since I’m still confined to the gym, the spin bike and elliptical had to suffice once again.
- 60 minutes spinning
- 30 minutes elliptical
- Core work, stretching and PT
Meh. I had wanted to go longer, but I just wasn’t feelin’ it. Even though my heart and my head have been fine with the sleep I haven’t been getting, my body is a little pissed and I’ve got a bit of a cold. So I came home from the gym this morning and refueled with some sprouted grain cinnamon raisin toast with natural crunchy peanut butter and berries.
My appetite is kind of weird when I’m sick (I hate not being able to taste!), but the warm comfort of my favorite weekend lunch/brunch of grilled pear, walnuts, and dried figs over Greek yogurt made me feel a bit better.
So, sickies aside, I think I’m at the stage in my Achilles injury where I’m starting to think about trying to run again. I’ve been so good the past few weeks and really stuck to my cross training schedule, and the Achilles is feeling ok. Still a little tender in spots and I still have some twinges of pain here and there, but it’s a lot better than it was.
I have to admit, the thought of trying to run again, while insanely exciting, is also a bit scary. Like, “ZOMG I’m skiiirrrred I’ll be right back where I started!” scary. This has happened to me far too many times in the past (read: I’m impatient and stubborn). In all of my many injuries, I’m never sure when the “ok” time is to try a run again.
Is there a magic formula I’m not aware of?
I’ve usually used the theory that if I there is no pain for about a week, then it’s ok to do a “test” run of sorts. If it’s ok, then run again in a day or two, and continue with an every other day kind of plan until you’re back to full strength. This has both worked and backfired for me.
So, I ask you, my running friends: When and how do you return to running after an injury? Help a girl out!