Well, today is hopefully my last day in the boot. Tomorrow I go back to the podiatrist and hopefully start rehab next week. It’s been over 3 weeks since I’ve been able to run and it’s maddening, mostly because there is nothing I can do except “be patient”. Being patient does not come easy to me!
I’ve been focusing the past week on keeping my fitness levels up with the stationary bike. I’m grateful to be able to do it, but it’s SO BORING to me. I’ve kept myself entertained by getting the machine that has a view of the front door to people watch, and using my Netflix subscription on the phone. Other times, I’d try a new RockMyRun mix while watching basketball. I’ve been trying to do an hour each time I get on the bike and it’s been helping me build mental toughness, too.
I’ve also been focusing on the strength training that I can. It’s hard, because I can’t do any weight-bearing exercises. This makes things like squats and lunges and even planks off the list. However, I’ve really been focusing on core and glutes and even some upper body. I’ve noticed a difference in just 2 weeks and I know it will pay off in my running.
I’m super excited to get back out there, but definitely am nervous, too. I don’t want to push it too hard and reinjure myself. I remember when I had issues with my IT band, the first few weeks coming back was a constant mental battle with myself. All I’d be thinking about while running was how my IT band felt….”Was that a twinge? Is it getting tight? How’s it feel now?”. I’m worried about wanting to push it too hard since I have a race at the end of next month I really, really want to do. It’s going to be a battle of holding myself back but not too much.
So for now, I’ll just follow my physical therapist’s orders to a T and enjoy being able to get back out there! I can’t wait!
Also….today is Selection Sunday! Super excited for this time of year and glad to be able to run again because I’ll be eating and drinking a ton….GO VCU!