I have been eagerly awaiting the 6 week mark that serves as my GREEN light to run, carefully. Friday was that special day. I spent some time that evening at the gym and then used the last 30 minutes of my workout to hit the trails by my apartment. I will need to stick to soft surfaces for the next several weeks and avoid asphalt and concrete. Luckily, I live in a great location for trail running so it should not be a problem. I also have an amazing running partner to keep me in check if I start to push myself too hard, too fast.
Angela was right by my side as I took my first strides in over a month and a half. I know it may not seem like a long stretch of time in comparison to other things, but for a runner even a week is a long time to forgo running. I was shocked at how painless it was when we started jogging. I was unintentionally landing on the heel of my injured foot which felt slightly funny because I am a forefoot runner. I can only assume this was my body’s way of treading lightly after a stress fracture. We picked up the pace and it still felt surprisingly painless! Angela reminded me to walk on the up hills and slowly trot on the down hills landing on my heels. The 20-30 minutes passed by painlessly in what felt like the blink of an eye.
I was expecting soreness and pain the next day upon waking up and stepping out of bed, but still nothing! I was pain free the morning after. Thank you foot! I am so relieved that I do not have to prolong my time off from running and can begin to feel like myself again. For 6 weeks I felt like something was missing. I was more irritable than usual and was lacking the excitement and vigor that I get from running. I am not sure if others around me noticed these slight changes, but I felt them every day. I tried to stay positive and found enjoyment in other activities along the way, but I am ecstatic now that I have that something back.
I feel such gratitude for my body that has healed itself and is now allowing me to experience the joy of running that I have missed every day! Our bodies are incredible.