It’s 5:15 AM and my alarm clock is blaring. Am I really ready to jump back into running? Will this morning be a waste of time and effort, or will my hip hold up? Well, the only way to find out is to try! Out the door I go at 5:45 AM to meet my running peeps for a 3 mile run/walk followed by a 20+ mile bike ride! I’m feeling rather skeptically optimistic.
There’s a group that has been using the Galloway method (http://www.jeffgalloway.com/), and their plan is to run 3 minutes and walk 1 minute, so I figure I’ll give it a go today and see how that works. I stayed with 2 other ladies who are currently dealing with injuries as well which was kind of neat because when these two are healthy, I don’t have a prayer of keeping up with either one of them, so I got to talk to them about their injuries and road to recovery as well.
One is also dealing with DBS, but hers is much more severe than mine due to several underlying problems that already existed. She’s been out for about 6 months, and she’s just now been released to start a run/walk program. She’s hoping to run her 2nd marathon in November, so she has 2 under her belt before she runs Boston in 2014. Yep, that’s right folks, she qualified for Boston on her 1st MARATHON! Like I said, I don’t have a chance to run with her normally, so it’s nice to have that opportunity now.
The other girl has a calf injury and her PT is wanting to do dry needling on her, so she was asking us some questions about it since we’ve both had it done before. She’s hesitant to try dry needling (http://www.neurosportphysicaltherapy.com/services/dry-needling), but due to the results I had on my previous calf injury with dry needling, I’d try it anytime a PT thinks it might help! It’s a strange sensation, but basically a small needle is inserted into trigger points in the muscle. You don’t really feel the needle much, if at all, when it is inserted, but when the PT finds the right spot, the muscle feels like it contracts tightly like a cramp or charlie horse and releases immediately. After having it done on my calf, it was sore for a couple of days. I had to have 3 sessions on my calf before it was better. I will have dry needling for my DBS on Tuesday.
Running is always more fun with friends to talk and keep you distracted. The 3 miles actually went by really fast this morning, and we completed it in just under 36 minutes with our run/walk pattern. It’s funny that when I started a year ago my first 5K time was slower than that, and I was dying at the end of it, but today’s run felt extremely easy which is nice because one of my main fears with having to take time off due to injury is that I’ll be starting completely back where I was in January 2012. As I ran today, I did feel the muscle some, but it wasn’t a pain or stretching sensation. It was just more of it being used like when I do my PT exercises, which is a good sign….I think. I will say that I won’t be jumping up in distance really soon, and I think I may actually stick to the Galloway method for this season since it’s supposed to help with injury recovery.
After the run, 2 of us jumped on our bikes for at least 14 but maybe up to 28 miles. I hadn’t rode after running in quite some time since I haven’t ran in forever, so I wasn’t sure how it’d go. We rode a 14 mile loop, and it wasn’t very hilly, so it was a somewhat leisurely ride. Instead of doing the 14 mile loop a 2nd time though, we decided to opt for an 8 mile loop, so we ended up with 22 miles total on the bike.
Overall, I’d say today was a pretty successful outing, but I’ll see if my hip agrees with that verdict later this evening since that’s when it usually starts aching. I’m hoping this means that I can start back running with my running buddies about 3 days a week. I need their motivation, and I miss my friends! Running buddies quickly become more than just running partners. Some of the best conversations about life in general happen while pounding out all those miles!