My current state of running

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It’s hard not to be tempted by this

Let’s see…when we last left off I was running around three miles on the AlterG, I believe, with a plan for half mile progressions until I was ready for the road. So let me bring you up to speed on where I am today.

When we took off for California, I had just run my first four miler on the AlterG. Being a runner, I of course wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery with a run outdoors while there, but I also wanted to be good. So my plan was this: run four miles on a local AlterG the day I arrived in California, followed by another AlterG run of 4.5 miles two days later. I couldn’t find any AlterG facilities nearby that were open on weekends, so I would perhaps venture outside for a run the Sunday before we left if all was feeling good.

The best laid plans…our flights were delayed getting into San Diego, so by the time I got there, I was pushing things to make my AlterG appointment. And then I got caught in SoCal traffic (you sunny Californians know of what I speak). I had the last appt. of the day, so being late wasn’t an option. I called to cancel, turned around and went back to our condo.

Being a runner, I was of course frustrated, and then decided it was time to take the legs outside for a three-miler. The hamstring held up beautifully. In fact, I think I can say I’m out of the woods there. What didn’t hold up so beautifully is my old nemesis the Achilles at the insertion point. It was pretty achy the whole time and fired up the next day as well.

Being a runner, this bummed me out. I know I jumped the gun by going to the road before I had completed my full AlterG stint, but I just had to try in that spectacular environment.

From that run, I went back to the AlterG on Friday for another four-miler, and still had a bit of Achilles tenderness. On Sunday I did a five mile walk, but ran the final mile and a half to test things out. Much better. Yesterday I did four and a half on the AlterG and it still seems to be holding up pretty well. I go to see my PT this morning (head hanging in shame of course) and we’ll see where to go from there. If my medicine is waiting a bit longer, or taking more time off, it’s going to be a bitter medicine. Fingers crossed it won’t be the case.

Being a runner, I am more than ready to get this show on the road for real, now. My patience has served me well all this time, but I will admit, it’s wearing a bit thin.

Being a runner, would you have behaved better in my shoes? (probably I’m guessing!)

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  1. I would’ve done the exact same thing! How can you pass up the opportunity to run in the sunshine without 1000 layers? Runners dream! My current state of running is in limbo in seems. With being sick, I didn’t do anything for 12 days . Yesterday was my first run and it wasn’t pretty. Injury wise good. Breathing and endurance, not so much!
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  2. While reading this nodded my head and thought I would have done the same thing.
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  3. I can see the temptation. I suppose a walk is better than nothing. I would have to get outside and do something, walk or run. Stay patient. You will get there.
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  4. Um no. Nope, I’m terrible and will admit it. I’m sure my PT absolutely hated me. I was too often “testing”things out “just to see.”

  5. Unless you are on crutches or in a cast, not running in San Diego is a cardinal sin.
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  6. I would have done exactly the same thing, so hard to not run!! Glad your hammy is holding up at least, hope your Achilles starts to behave soon too!
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  7. this makes me smile…and being a, uh, WOGGER Id have done the same.
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  8. Ugh, how frustrating to be on your way there and still not quite make it!! But regardless, you’re making great progress. Tell your patience to hang on just a little longer, you’re almost there!
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  9. So sorry and definitely frustrating for sure! You’ve been very patient thus far so hang in there. Sending you healing vibes….
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  10. I would not have behaved any differently..it is SO HARD to be sidelined by injury. So frustrating that your hammy is better and now your achilles is talking to you!

    A few years ago, I had a stress fracture in my foot, and I was biking to maintain fitness (and my sanity). When I was able to return to running, I found a bullseye rash on my abdomen…yes, I had Lyme Disease. Even tho it was caught early and treated, the fatigue lingered on. I spent most of 2012 sidelined from running. Sucked.

    All I can offer is my sympathy and healing vibes coming your way…
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  11. Absolutely not! I would have made the exact same mistake as you! In fact I have done a similar thing many times….and even though I ended up regretting it, I would still probably make it again. The temptation is just too great, especially when you have only a few precious miles to enjoy. I had that in my marathon buildup where I ignored the gut feeling and did it anyway….only to end up crying walking along the road. As people say, runners are crazy. Do not beat yourself up about it! You would have thought I would know better with my elite level, but we are just as bad!

    Hang in there friend, it all happens for a reason :)
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  12. I would have run too … it is hard to pass up the sunshine and great scenery right now :) Fingers crossed you get some good news from the PT!
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  13. Being a runner, and having made very similar mistakes in the past, I would have answered sunny SoCal’s siren call in the EXACT same way as you. I like to tell myself I’ve learned over the years, but…

    Hang in there just a little bit longer. The road will still be waiting when you’re ready!
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  14. I absolutely would have taken advantage of it!

  15. Yeah I probably would’ve done the same thing too. I’m kind of surprised your achilles got aggravated so quickly. Sigh. You’ve been a star with all of this. I hope this doesn’t set you back at all.
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  16. But you’ve been pretty patient and well-behaved. You only cheated a little bit. Maybe this is just a period of adjustment and you’ll feel normal with a little more movement.
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  17. Definitely tough to wait for injuries to heal, hope this didn’t set you back too much, if at all.
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  18. Never! I’m terribly impatient. You gotta shake ‘em out. You’ve been incredibly methodical thus far.
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  19. Love the runs I have done in Southern Cal. in the past. You have such good control!

  20. I’m pretty sure I would have done exactly what you did!! Hopefully you get great news today when you see your PT and will be back on the roads very soon!!!
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  21. I probably would have done the exact same thing! You cannot possibly be expected to look out onto that landscape and NOT run!? That’s just silly.
    I hope everything works out at the PT. I’m sure they’re used to runners not obeying orders :-)
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  22. Done a similar thing coming off a paroneal injury, on the sidelines of the Boston Marathon. HAD to run 2 miles bandit on the course before the competitors came through. Honestly, that course must have had healing powers (or my ankle brace was EXTRA tight! LOL) because there were no residual consequences from that one!
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  23. The PT will understand. He/she may not approve and they might roll their eyes but you won’t be the first person to have jumped the gun.
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  24. I would have done the same for sure – couldn’t turn down a run in that environment! Fingers-crossed it doesn’t set you back!
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  25. Hoping for the best for you!!!!
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  26. umm you are way better than me, you actually planned ahead to find alter g’s..I would have just known I was going to run :)
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  27. So yesterday, being an idiot, I went for a 5.5 mile run in a pair of huaraches. I knew the post in the web of my big toe would probably irritate me if I went that far, but being an idiot, I did it anyway. Sure enough, halfway through the run, the post on my left foot had rubbed a big patch of skin away. Being an idiot, I took off my huaraches and ran barefoot on hot Miami pavement, even though I haven’t been barefoot in months. After 1.5 miles of this, another little hot spot developed on the bottom of one toe. Being an idiot, I put the huaraches back on and kept running. About half a mile later, I caught up with another runner who decided he didn’t want me to pass him. Being an idiot, I decided to race him the remainder of the run, even though I knew those hot spots would get worse. They did get worse, but being an idiot, I’m definitely going running again today in a different pair of minimalist shoes.
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  28. This just goes to show what a great tool the AlterG treadmill is since it has allowed you to run much sooner than you could have if you were just running outside. I’ve never used one but they sound great!
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  29. True confession: I’m dealing with a similar issue (not as great and a different part of the hamstring, but same idea no less. My first long run out (in the beach in SoCal no less…) my ankle/achilles insertion was really tight as well- WEIRD. I’m wondering if all the “up high” work has something to do with triggering some tightness and “pressure” down low. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but I find it to be a very interesting one no less….

    • It is interesting, Sheila. My achilles hurt first, but I think it was compensating for that that probably led to the hammy issue. I have been doing eccentric exercises for both, which you might want to check out.

  30. Almost there! :)
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  31. Oh yes, been there! Weighing all options. Taking chances. You’ll find a way to ease back in. Just might take longer. Vent here! We know and can relate

  32. I’m a big nerd and listened to exactly what they said. So I didn’t do anything I wasn’t “allowed” to do. :)
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  33. I might have but when visiting a place like that I don’t think I would have been strong enough against the temptation. I really hope you can get back to proper training soon. Hang in there!
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  34. Susan SRMS says:

    Nope. No way, no how. I wouldn’t risk going two steps backward and taking longer to heal. Just not worth it in the “long run”.

  35. I’m so excited for you to get back on the road!! With both this and your MAF training, I so admire your patience and commitment to the process even though I’m super jealous of your trip to CA.
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  36. I think you’ve been so patient. I don’t have the running experience you do but in the years I have been running, severe injuries haven’t been a factor *knocking on wood like crazy after typing that.
    I don’t think I would have had the procedure done that you did. I would have most likely stayed away from doctors, googled the pain, taken time off, done strengthening exercises and hoped for the best.
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