My little blog is now 2 years old, as of May 24th, actually. I haven’t been tending to it too much lately. Work, grad school and prolonged dental work have occupied a great deal of my time – along with half-marathon training.
Yes, I did say a half marathon, didn’t I?
Two years ago – while awaiting my first hip scope (on my left side) after injuring myself training for my 10th full marathon, in New York – I wasn’t certain I’d ever be running again. At least running without significant pain. Then came Hip Scope No. 2 (on my right side), just five months later.
The subsequent months in physical therapy were largely devoted to getting my body ready to be active again – and unlearning some bad habits (I was a terrible heel-striker). I learned some essential exercises to strengthen my core and stretch the muscles and tendons. But it was slow going, as I sought to regain both muscle and muscle memory.
Last year at this time, in fact, I reluctantly abandoned plans to run a simple 5K race, because I felt I wasn’t ready. I had been going to the local track and trying to add laps on each new visit, but quickly grew frustrated by what seemed like a lack of progress. I gave up on the track – I found it not much better than a tedious treadmill – and decided to just head out my front door and run my regular three-mile route. I’ll run what I can, and if I need to stop and walk, so be it.
That strategy has worked, and since then, I’ve been gradually extending my distance and running days. I am now up to running at least three times a week and up to six miles at a clip. On the days when I’m not running, I’m taking a spin class, weight-lift at the gym or ride the stationary bike in my sun-room. I also try to incorporate the PT exercises into my weekly routine.
The road to recovery over these last two years has been a bumpy one, filled with setbacks, both large and small. At times I felt as though I was taking a couple steps back for each step forward.
But right now I am feeling the best I have felt since before my surgeries. And for that I am grateful.