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Feeling stronger!

I worked out on the elliptical again today and it was great! I am feeling stronger. I’m not as worried about having pain. I’m not even sore. My quads are a bit sore from being used again, but my stress fracture not at all.

I wonder how long it will take to get back into shape? I hope not long. I can’t wait until I move to the treadmill next week and to get back to my previous running self.

Being realistic though, I think I will push off my half marathon plans. I just don’t want to rush things. I certainly don’t want to deal with another stress fracture. Though I am more confident with each work out, I know the worry, the nervousness about hurting myself again will stick around for awhile. But maybe that’s the best way to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

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Its good to be back

One thing is for sure right now: I won’t be trying to go over the 20 minutes I’m allowed to work out right now. I’m a bit out of shape! But I know it will come back.

It felt so good to get on the elliptical today. I’m not really an elliptical person, but anything is better than the stationary bike when its not spin class. So I did my 20 minutes on the elliptical and I was tempted to stay on a few extra minutes. But I got off. My legs were tired at the end! I did my upper body weights too, and it occurred to me that I should ask my doctor when I can add lower body weights and aerobics classes, specifically kickboxing and spin.

I felt slight pressure while on the elliptical, but no pain at all. I expect some soreness tonight, but overall my whole pelvis felt strong before, during and after the work out. I need to wait a day in between workouts for now, but I will be back with bells on Friday! I can’t wait until I get on the treadmill and work back to running. I am SOOOO excited.

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I get part of my life back!

Tomorrow I’m going to the gym and I’m going to use the elliptical! I am released from stress fracture hell!

Sort of. Of course I can’t just start running 20 mpw again. I can use the elliptical every other day, and if I don’t have pain during or after my workouts, in a week or so I can get on the treadmill.

I have strict instructions to follow a 5-10-5 pattern of a walking warmup, jogging, and walking cooldown. I can do this every other day. I’m not supposed to go fast. And if I don’t have pain during or after, I can increase my jogging time by a minute or two each time. Of course if I do have pain, I’ll have to back up to shorter time or the elliptical. But once I get my jogging time to 30 minutes, I can increase up to an hour and I’m pretty sure at that time I can start upping my speed too.

Also I will continue cross training. Weights will most definitely stay in my routine.

I was concerned about the soreness I have, afraid that would make me wait another month. But my doctor said its normal to have some soreness as things are healing and muscles are being used again, along with the fact that I’m out of shape. I wonder when I could start spinning again.

So while yesterday was a bad day, today was a good one. I heard from one of my references today that he got an email about me the other day. It was through an agency though since all that stuff is outsourced these days, so he couldn’t tell who the reference was from. It is encouraging though. Based on when certain things are done and where my apps might be in process, I have my theories about which job this is for.

Since I can start working out more now, I will have more to do during the day. I’m also going to start volunteering or just going out. As the weather gets nicer I can go to the zoo or just for a walk downtown, enjoy my time off a little more.

Of course now I have race plans on my mind. Since my emphasis right now is on time, I don’t know when or if I’d switch to miles. I think I’ll have to do this for a couple weeks before I can determine if I can run the Crazylegs 8K or if I do the 2-mile walk instead. And of course I have my more long term plans like the half marathon in August. But there are others. I need to keep my focus on right now and not worry about the races. My focus is on good workouts on the elliptical and then building up my jogging.

Oh yeah, my first PT appointment is in three weeks. The focus of PT is looking into my biomechanics to figure out how I got injured in the first place, along with strengthening and stabilizing my core and my back. And I have another follow up appointment in six weeks, but my doctor said I can cancel it if I’m not having any problems!!

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Hoping to be released from stress fracture hell

I feel like my life is dependent of the outcome of tomorrow’s doctor appointment. So silly, but that’s how I feel. I’m feeling very out of control of much of my life and it would be nice to get some of that back with a clean bill of skeletal health tomorrow afternoon. Of course I know that not much would change right away. I can’t just go from stress fracture to 20 mpw. But it would be nice to know I can do something. Right now getting cleared to exercise is a more likely event than getting a job.

I’m trying not to get frustrated, but its hard. Getting up early isn’t a problem for me anymore, but it would really be nice if I had a reason to get up that early. Getting up that early just to sit in front of my computer or watch tv isn’t what I mean. People toss around the words “talented” and “employable,” but apparently there are other people who are more talented and employable than me for the close to 20 jobs I’ve applied for. I don’t want to get stuck working for minimum wage at Target. But I wonder at what point I just do it just to try and replace some of my former income, not to mention keep myself from going crazy.

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I need something interesting to write about!

No running, no work. I don’t have much to write about right now. I’m bored. I’m tired of job searching and applying and waiting. And to top it all off I need to revise my resume again and I have a feeling that its current form might have been knocking me out of any screenings.

I did work out yesterday, but I still can’t work out as much as I want to. We don’t have our gym membership back yet and I’m still not cleared. I had a good workout with 20 minutes on the bike and upper body weights. I don’t get sore after the weight training, so I think the training must be doing me some good. Once I start running again I think I will make the short bike ride and weights one of my normal workouts. I’ve never been good about weight training, so at least this is one good routine to pick up while injured.

Doug and I are going to get our membership probably next week. Once we do that, I’ll be working out more regularly at least two or three times a week. I plan to start swimming again in addition to the bike. Hopefully soon I can do more than that!

I need to run!!! I only have five more days until I see the doctor again. I am crossing my fingers that the results will be good!

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White stuff’s back

After much glorious melting over the past week or so, more snow fell on Saturday morning, only about an inch or so. But then that melted too! Unfortunately we’ve got the real thing coming as a winter storm is headed our way. We’re supposed to get 2 to 4 inches, so this could stick around longer. At least its not supposed to get excessively cold.

Another good thing about not working the night shift anymore is I won’t have to brush my car off at midnight. Since the snow always falls at night, who knows if I’ll ever have to brush my car off? Definitely not much. Its the little things. I do like not working nights anymore, but I sure would like to work. I have a feeling things are going to start happening this week and next though. I just have to be patient, which unfortunately I’ve gotten pretty good at with my injury, but it is still hard and it stinks a lot.

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I am going to volunteer for a race in mid-March and I am so excited! The Shamrock Shuffle was my first race last year. I ran the 5K and I was so surprised and pleased by my results. I ran it in 34:56 and I had a lot of fun bonding with my TNT teammates as well. The race was a lot of fun.

This year the race is on March 15. Though I expect to be running by then (really really hopefully!), it will be too soon for a race. So I decided to volunteer. Its good for runners to give back to the races. We wouldn’t have them available if no one volunteered to help.