It’s entirely possible that my joy at being cleared to run again may have been my downfall into feeling sore and injured again. I did what I was told but alas, it may have still been a bit too soon to run. Hard to tell for sure. Either way, I ran twice last week and felt incredible both times. I cannot begin to describe the elation I felt in those first few minutes or the ridiculous smile I was likely sporting through both 20-25 minutes of running. I felt on top of the world. I wanted to run forever. I was back baby!
Or so I thought.
Even though I felt no pain what-so-ever on my runs, the following day was another story. The pain is a bit different but there none-the-less. I’m not sure if the tendonitis is flaring or if it’s just a reaction from my legs being mostly sedentary for the last 3-4 weeks now. Either way, I’m approaching with caution. As I’m writing this, I have nearly no pain or tenderness but can feel that it’s not too far off. I honestly don’t think it’s the running that’s doing me in at this point. I think it’s the running around, chasing, spinning and roughing with my kids that’s the culprit. Quite the dilemma. My plan is to try ten minutes of easy running before my next physiotherapy appointment and see what happens. I’m hoping it’s just a matter of strengthening the muscles again and it will fade but I also know that tendonitis is no joke and I’d much rather miss my fall races and be healthy again to run than to push it and risk more permanent injury.
It’s a tough pill to swallow because I hate the thought of not running right now. Or at any point really. Patience is not something that comes easily to me and as my kids and hubby will tell you, not being able to run is affecting me all over. I’m grumpy, more stressed and yes, even feeling a bit sorry for myself. But, I am still mobile, still able to do other things so now it’s a matter of shifting my focus from “I can’t run” to “I can walk, I can swim, I can spin” and find other ways de-stress and detox my mind from the garbage that’s been getting past the gates lately.
Onward and Upward friends. Have a fantastic week!