The full impact of the seriousness of this injury didn't really strike me until last night at physical therapy. My physical therapist told me that I took a pretty good hit with this injury, it was a 'pretty good one', if you want to call it that. I expressed my disappointment after my return to the track with my team Wednesday night. I set my sights on doing just a few laps, not keeping up with the whole bunch, and in the end I was sore, uncomfortable, and really, really disappointed. It hurt. It didn't feel right. I never got in the groove.
My therapist explained that the reason I felt OK during the Shamrock Shuffle, the race I did on the sly, was that I took two full miles to find that place that felt OK. I went two full miles that day before stopping (just shy of 3 total), but Wednesday I only went maybe 3/4 of a mile in total. One lap around the track isn't going to get me in the groove, no matter how comfortable or uncomfortable it is. He was totally right.
|There's a song for everything out there|
No harm done, no set back, no scolding from the therapist. Just soldiering on and adding more work to the already full schedule of recovery therapy. Last night we added plyometrics and an incline on the AlterG. Inclines. I got hurt doing hill repeats, incline work. Now I have to do it as part of my return to the one thing that has kept me
It's hard work. Running is hard work. Returning to it after a break is hard work. Working on making your body better, so you can run better, is hard work.
I know I won't be back to my speedy self right away, but it's sure humbling when you can't finish a workout like you used to be able to do. That day will come, though. That day will come.