Sunday, September 23, 2007

Liberation!



I am Free! Free from the elliptical trainer, the stair climber, the couch. Yes, I am running again.

Ok, ok, so the amount I am running is laughable. Some bargaining with Coach Paulo, my official injury prevention manager, has brought me to my running plan of 2 miles, 3 times per week. But those 2 miles are pure bliss. Well, aside for the fact that I am in horrible running shape and am cruising along at about 10 minutes per mile in zone 3. But the important point is that the miles are pain free. I still don't know what was wrong with my knee, but honestly as long as it continues to get better, I don't really care. I know I fell on it, I very likely broke my patella (as evidenced by the ridge turned bone callus post injury), and did some soft tissue damage somewhere lateral to my left knee. Thankfully, it has vastly improved in the 3 months since I totally destroyed it by running a Marathon at CdA.

So what next? Well, as much as I'm dying to pick a race and to start training, I can't do it yet. I know that I am a hopelessly goal oriented person. If I set a running goal, I will meet that goal even if it means doing multi-hour training runs in intense pain and spending the rest of the day packed in ice (don't ask me how I know this...). So for now I will continue my 6 miles per week running schedule and only increase that as my body allows it. With no pain. And for God's sake try to keep my sneakers on the pavement this time! At least I now realize that a person with my coordination, balance, and grace cannot run and do anything else at the same time. No iPod, no thinking about that patient I saw that day, no chewing gum (ok, maybe I can chew gum....).

Although I have to say the thought of a spring half marathon and summer half Ironman are very appealing...

9 comments:

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Sounds like a good running plan. Keep it pain-free and increase slowly and you will be a much better (and happier) runner for it.

I loved the pictures. I forget what that part of the country looks like sometimes. It's been 10 years since I left Erie. The old bridges are the most striking things to me. Thanks for posting the pics.

Danielle in Iowa said...

I'm jealous! I keep trying to run a couple miles again and then I regret it later. 2 miles is 2 miles!

erichollins said...

Yay! Dr. Jodi is running! I know how good it feels to be running again. Just take it slow and don't build up too quickly or could be back in the same situation very shortly. I'm now running injury free for 9 months and it feels fantastic! Enjoy the 6 miles a week because think of how many people are mortified at trying to run even 1 mile a week.

Steve said...

Ahhh Yes the return to running. It is a beautiful feeling is it not? And the bartering with the "coach".... very nice I keep trying to make some deal with the orthopedic that will somehow allow me to run further right now... I wanna run farther now.... but so far I'm at most 10 miles a week and on average only about 6 miles. Keep your head up Jodi! You still hitting practice downtown?

Jen_runs said...

Isn't it amazing & wonderful how being injured - which is horrid - comes with the often overlooked side-effect of reminding us of our pure joy of running & being able to run. That any distance no matter how short is enough to bring the smile to your face for the whole day!

Take it easy on the recovery, listen to your bod & I'm sure those goals you are thinking about will come to fruition.

rustyboy said...

YES!

Welcome back, and enjoy those 6 miles. Before you know it, 6 miles will become your longest run, then your shortest run, then the final miles of your summer 1/2 IM!

FYI: Babying my ITB for 3 months made me insane. The elliptical machine and I are now sworn enemies.

Charlie said...

Just in time for fall. I am happy for you.
Lets Do a couple miles round Shaker lakes in the coming weeks.

Dying Water Buffalo said...

Yay :) Very cool pic to open this post with btw... she certainly looks liberated and joyful!

Al said...

Congrats on being able to run pain free again. Definitely don't get carried away even if you feel great and want to run extra..