On Friday I got news from PT that I could start running on a modified schedule. So to start week 1 I can do a run of .25 miles a walk of .25 miles and then repeat one time and that is all. So that is a total of 1 mile and I can do that 3-4x during the week. Every week that increases for approximately 7 weeks or until I feel 100%. Talk about sheer excitement just that fact that I can run.
Now granted there are some stipulations, the run needs to be run/walk intervals, no treadmill and I need to tape my leg. So again, pure joy at hearing this. I was so excited to get up this morning and try to do this. Then I woke up and fear set in. Fear of the unknown, fear of my leg hurting, fear of me not being able to run at all. So I said you have to do this at some point.
Got up, got dressed and heading to a local park that has a soft gravel trail at about 6:40am. I figured the earlier the better as the humidity here has not been great. Anyway, I did it. I did one mile and I followed all the rules. I did it in 13:24 which may sound pretty dismal to most but considering when I started 2 years ago I was slower than that I will take it. I think I am afraid to admit though that I might not have been ready. My first few steps I felt a little twinge and got scared but I said I need to give it time. It has been 3 weeks maybe it just needs to warm up a little.
Needless to say I think I am realizing that my fears have come to fruition. My leg does not feel right, I have been getting pains in the back of my leg most of the day even when sitting. I am ok just walking around taking it easy but it is not pain free. Maybe it is just because today was the first day, who knows. Tomorrow I might wake up and feel great and feel like I can do it again, but right now I don’t think I can.
PT gave me the ok to do the 5 mile race I have on the 9th as long as I was feeling ok, and after today I don’t think I can do the 5 miles, not if after 1 mile I feel like this. I can’t risk getting anymore hurt and really jeopardizing my ability to train for NYC (which I am doubting I will be able to do). I am angry, sad, frustrated and just want to cry today. I can’t explain why this is so difficult for me. I wish that I could. At the end of the day I know that I can find something else to make me happy, something to replace running and to make me feel good, but I don’t want to. I want to be able to run without the pain. I want to be able to enjoy the miles I know I can do.
I want to train for NYC and be able to finish that marathon and now I feel like those dreams, those goals are failing and may never come true. I feel defeated in the worst way. I should have waited, I shouldn’t have pushed myself so hard to do this. I should have just given myself the time to really heal. I have no one to blame for this but me and I think that makes this even worse.