Six weeks ago I went down on the ice, and four days later I posted Life Without Running–A Word About Running in the Snow. I didn’t realize how obsessed I was with the injury until I went back to read that post and saw that I’d written seven injury-related posts since–forced downtime, having a healthy new year, limping into 2014, being down but not out, my first Did Not Start (DNS,) aerobic exercise, the eternity of four weeks without running, and finally, mending. Enough already!!!
I broke a six-week layoff the other day with a really slow two-mile run, a long way from the 50K I registered for and had to abandon in early January. I’m already feeling optimistic. The hard part now will be not to get over-anxious and reinjure myself. Time to practice what I preach–moderate and listen to your body.
I’ve added squats and stair climbing with weights to my yoga routine. Unfortunately, it’s not cycling weather in the northeast, unless you have really wide tires with extra-long spikes. Now there’s an idea!
I do have experience in the rehab department. After my second knee surgery in 2009, I was too quick to get back running and wound up having a second surgery within a year. More recently I’m reminded by fellow-blogger and cyclist Aaron who has been through a vexing seventeen-month ordeal of his own. After more than a year of doctors and remedies and what he thought would be recovery, he goes into surgery in a few days for a hip injury. Imagine his frustration! You can read about Aaron’s odyssey, and about cycling in general, at SteepClimbs.
With all of this fresh in mind, I’m going to take Bill Murray’s advice in What About Bob and practice Baby Steps.