Wednesday, July 30, 2014

the comeback starts... now?

by putting the word "comeback" in the title, i've probably jinxed myself. but let's pretend for a moment i'm not superstitious and we'll roll with it.

on sunday, i participated in a 5k on belle island (in detroit). a few posts ago, i mentioned my back injury and how it really wasn't getting better. running has been a struggle. somedays i can run 2.5 miles and feel okay, others i can barely get past a mile and a half without my posture starting to ripple in weakness. there seems to be no consistency. so when this 5k came around i really didn't want to do it. this was originally planned to be my 2nd time trial in my quest for a fast 5k and, to top it off, it's the same course as my goal race in september. in other words, if i was on track to train for my goal, this was a great race to do. but since i am injured and occasionally feel sorry for myself, this race was like a kick in the face of where i wanted to be and where i actually am.

but my wonderful brandon told me to suck it up and run it anyway. and that's what i did. i told myself over and over again that i could walk if i needed to. i could run at a pace barely above a jog if that's what kept me pain free. the goal was just to get out and enjoy the day.

somehow, i ended up running a 26:45 5k time. for reference, i struggled immensely during my last 5k race to finish in barely over 29 minutes. and now, i'm close to where i was in may (which was a 26:09 5k time), prior to this injury?? what happened?! and most importantly, what does this mean?

pre-race, lovely detroit in the far background

well, it means that i still have speed in me, i think. and it means that adrenaline can push me pretty far. but on sunday, the day after the race, i was in so much pain. i had to take the day to ice and rest. and that means i'm not 100% healed, which means i shouldn't start doing interval runs and running 5 days a week.

but maybe it does mean i can start modifying my workouts to work on speed. i learned on saturday that my endurance is shot. i need to figure out how to do a "long" run of at least 4 miles without pain. i also need to figure out how i can cross train on a bike to get speed work in. that will help reduce some of the impact on my back while it heals. 

more than anything though, this race was a serious confidence booster for me. i have been struggling for months to feel like my normal running self. and even though my body didn't feel great during the run or the day after, to get a glimpse of really racing again was refreshing. it means i can do it again, my "career" isn't over. i just have to get healthy.

easier said than done, but hey, we've all got to start somewhere. 

anyone have great bike workout ideas to build speed? interval workouts?


2 comments:

  1. Glad it's a boost on the road back up. Hopefully this will mark the turning point for a comeback. *knock on wood*

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    1. Thank you! Knock on wood is right. You just never know when you'll have a good stretch of running or a bad. I guess that's part of the sport, though!

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