Sunday, 4 January 2015

2015 Running Goals...or lack there of...


It has been a little over 5 weeks since Surgery #7, which means I have been officially cleared to RUN!! HURRAY!!! I have done 2 short runs so far, and they felt AMAZING!

I was allowed to resume light activity fairly quickly after my last trip to the OR. But I wanted to give my body a little extra time to heal before I got back into my regular routine.

My cardio team suggested I wait a minimum of 2 weeks, but I knew my body wasn't ready. My chest was still sore and the range of motion in my left arm wasn't where I wanted it to be. So I opted to wait it out. Running is one of those funny sports that actually requires a fair bit of upper body strength - you just don't realize it until you don't have it.

I started back at the gym, but stuck primarily to the recumbent bike. I also started physio at The Runners Academy. We focused on massage and range of motion activities for my first few visits, and the impact was HUGE!

Physio is not something I have done before, but I have known for awhile that I needed it. Over the past couple years I have struggled to regain any muscle on the left side of my chest. (*I blame 4 surgeries in 3 years - man I am a Hot Mess!*). And as a result several muscle imbalances have formed to help me compensate. I know it is something I need to address, especially for my back long term. So these appointments were long over due.

Normally at this time of year I would be lining up my 2015 race schedule. I am also notorious for signing up for "All-The-Things". But this year I m opting to take it slow.

I have talked to Coach Michelle and am starting training again this week. I have also decided to run this year's Chilly Half Marathon as my 1st race back. And then assess my goals from there.

Of course I will be hoping for a PR (don't we always?!). And in an ideal world I will run sub-2. But the weather is notoriously hit-or-miss at Chilly. And I am not 100% sure how quickly I will be able to regain my fitness, so I will probably wait and make more of game time decision for pacing and time.

2015 is all about quality versus quantity.

I have started slow and so far the miles have felt GREAT! So the goal is ease back in, listen to my body, and get it right this time.

Wish me luck! And help keep me patient!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,