It sure is a lot more fun to write posts about returning to running than returning to water running. But here I am. Again.
While on vacation I was cleared to try a little running/walking as long as I wasn’t feeling any effects from all the hiking we were doing. I got through the first run ok, but then throwing a four-mile hike on top of it was too much. I felt my left foot’s fourth metatarsal rear its head. I put a call into my PT and we both agreed that I needed to skip the remaining two runs we had laid out.
The left foot settled down pretty quickly, which made me happy. On Saturday, feeling good, I decided to go out and do a brisk walk for about 75 minutes. I headed up the nearby mountain (trying to be brave doing this by myself!) and after coming back down, continued on walking. Feeling good, I threw in a couple of minutes of running here and there to finish things out.
After that, a short hike with the kids. This is where I felt my right foot, which is where my cuboid bone was effected. Took Sunday off to fly home and then today headed back to the PT’s office to talk through it. After testing me on some weight bearing exercises and feeling some resulting pain, he and I decided I needed to step back from running for now.
I won’t kid you, this is hard. I have not really run or done anything of substance fitness wise for pretty much all of 2011. The mistake this time was probably getting onto the AlterG a bit too soon. I knew it was a gamble, but hoped that I was where I needed to be. The first few runs felt so great, I really thought I was in the clear.
So now the plan is to spend two to four weeks doing non-weight bearing exercises. And that does not include the bike or pushing off the walls with my feet when swimming. After I get a couple of weeks pain-free here, I can progress to the bike. A couple of weeks pain-free there, and back to the AlterG.
Far too much deja-vu, I can tell you. Somehow I have to summon the enthusiasm to face this again. I have a head cold right now, which is actually pretty well timed because it gives me a little excuse not to face the pool for a day or two.
I’m telling you, this really has to be it. I have done this too long. I need running back in my life, permanently.