Test 1, 2

It has been two weeks and one day since my last run. That nagging pain in my left leg (femur) was lingering a little too long for my comfort level. Like a good student of stress fractures, I listened to my body. I took a break. (and I didn’t call the doctor. Maybe I’m not a good student.) My gut instinct is that I caught it just in time, but I really don’t want to push my luck. My leg wasn’t happy.

With no pain since this weekend, I decided to do a test run today. After work, I set out to run 2 easy miles at the oceanfront.

Last empty boardwalk run before the summer season begins

Why a test run? I am supposed to run a 10k this weekend. I do not want to be the dumb runner who runs on an almost-injury just because I have a race scheduled. If my leg isn’t going to be happy after running 6.2 miles, I will stay home. I do not want to miss out on another 12 weeks of running this summer.

So True

Mile 1: 9:59 (good job going easy!)

Mile 2: 10:19 (I made myself slow down!)

Extra .25 (because after 15 days of no running, I selfishly wanted more): 9:58 pace

What’s the verdict?

I’m not sure.

I know I was paying a lot of attention to my leg. I may be hypersensitive about any small twinge or pain. After 15 days of no running, things are going to hurt. Right? I did have some brief sharp pains after the first mile in my left upper leg/butt (Yes! Right in the crease). My actual leg never hurt. I am just more aware of that leg than my right. It just feels different. And I have no idea how much of that is mental and how much of that is physical.

So I will wait and see. If it aches at all in the morning, I will take a pass on my run this weekend. If it feels okay, I plan on running another 2 miles tomorrow. If my crossed fingers and toes work and I have no pain after two runs, I think I will be okay running the 10k this weekend (without any time expectations or goals).

Cross your fingers and toes for me.

Never Gets Old

Published by Kristy

Storyteller. Copywriter. Connector. Documenting the inhales and exhales of daily live.

2 thoughts on “Test 1, 2

  1. oh gosh, my fingers and toes are crossed like crazy for you. i will be at 10 weeks on saturday and i am LOSING my mind. i started PT this week and have regressed back to pain meds…i hate my femur, but i will think good thoughts for yours!!! GOOD LUCK.

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