Chase:Every:Second

enjoying every second of life and running


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Race Dreaming

My knee is healing nicely! Each day the scab gets smaller and I have more range of motion. I’ve also been able to run pain-free!!

Each day I’ve added a little bit of mileage and intensity back. Recovering from the physical injury is rough, but there is a mental recovery that has to occur as well. Seeing progress each day in my running is a huge help, but the part that was a struggle lately was I had no race dreams. I couldn’t look forward to anything because I could only focus on what I can do at the day at hand. I wasn’t sure when I would be ready to race again so day dreaming about races while running was not possible for me…until today. 😀

Today I did 6 Miles General Aerobic followed by 2 Sets, 15 Reps, Push Ups.

I wanted to test out the bend in my knee and see how things were feeling. My knee felt great, but the biggest surprise was I started day dreaming about upcoming races! We have a 4 Mile race planned for Memorial Day and a very challenging 15K in June and I could picture myself racing again. Finally the mental part of running is recovering!

Here is how the week ended up:

M: 3.5 Miles Walk (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 42:33), Upper Body and Ab Strengthening

T: 2.5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 23:09, 9:16 Pace), Jump Rope 33 Minutes

W: 3 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 26:58, 9:00 Pace), Ab Strengthening, Jump Rope 34 Minutes

R: 4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 34:25, 8:37 Pace), Push Ups

F: 4.5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 37:17, 8:18 Pace)

Sa: 5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 39:52, 7:59 Pace)

Su: 6 Miles General Aerobic (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 45:25, 7:35 Pace), Push Ups

Total: 25 Miles!!!

So what’s up next is to continue to work with the range of motion my knee will allow, get out on the road again, and get back into my mileage as long as everything is feeling good.


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Taken For Granted

I’ve learned from this injury that I’ve taken running for granted. Not intentionally, but I’ve wasted time and energy on being disappointed in a particular run or race performance. I’ve had my share of soreness and set backs before, but this was my first real taste of a serious injury where running was completely out of the equation. And out of that I now see that all runs regardless pace or performance are a blessing and I want to spend my time being thankful. That doesn’t mean that a run or race won’t be challenging, but they all have value regardless of outcome and I need to treat them as such. So I’ve made a promise to myself tonight. From now on I will be thankful for the ability to move forward and consider myself lucky to have running at whatever capacity I have that day.

Tonight I continued to build my speed and mileage. I’m still limited by my scab, but I’m seeing more mobility coming.

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 34:25, 8:37 Pace)

My palms are healed enough that I could try push ups again. I got through a set and will build from here. 🙂

1 Set, 15 Reps, Push Ups


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Onward

Tonight I ran again and didn’t have soreness. My scab is still limiting movement and I kept the mileage low to make sure I ease back into things.

3 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 26:58, 9:00 Pace)

Then I did some cross training:

34 Minutes Jump Rope

1 Set, 2 Mins, Plank

1 Set, 45 Secs, Side Plank

Continuing onward and upward! 😀


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Getting Up

I RAN I RAN I RAN!!!!

No land speed records were set, but I RAN!!! Woo hoo!!

2.5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 23:09, 9:16 Pace)

My whole body was ready to bolt, but the scab is limiting how much of a stride I can take. I had a bit of soreness in the knee a half mile in, but I just kept an eye on it and it didn’t get worse. I stopped after 2.5 Miles so I don’t do too much at once.

Afterward I did:

33 Minutes Jump Rope

Everything still feels good! My soul feels good!


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Addicted to Sweat

My name is Christine, and I’m addicted to sweat.

I’m scrounging to get my heart rate elevated enough to break a sweat. It’s been hard to come by. I at least feel luke warm while working out. I’m ready for a good old fashion butt kick of a run where it feels like a gallon of stress, worry, everything comes out my pores. I have more than enough anxiety from this injury to run out, almost ironic in a way. My soul misses the zen state that comes from running. I hope a great run is around the corner. Until then I did:

3.5 Miles Walk (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 42:33)

1 Set, 30 Reps, Sit Ups, BOSU

1 Set, 25 Reps, Tricep Extension, 5lbs FW

1 Set, 15 Reps, Bicep Curls, 10lbs FW

1 Set, 15 Reps, Hammer Curls, 10lbs FW

1 Set 15 Reps, Front Delt, 10lbs FW

1 Set, 2 Mins, Plank

1 Set, 45 Secs, Side Plank