Thank you to everyone who read and commented on the Nurse’s Week Posts last week! I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. It’s always fun for me to think about nursing from another perspective whether it’s from the viewpoint of another nurse, a nursing student, or the general public. Please let me know if you have any questions!
It’s been awhile since a running update, and things have been going so well! The spring weather makes running that much better, and I’ve been using running as a study break just like the good old days. Last we chatted about running, I had just bought the New Balance Zante 3 and I’ve put almost 70 miles on them! I still like them, but they are pretty light and don’t have too much cushion, so I bought the Nike Pegasus 33 to compliment them. The Pegasus feels like more shoe and has a little more cushion, so I thought they’d be better to have for longer runs. I’ve put about 25 miles on them, and I really like them as well. Hopefully mixing up my shoes a bit will help keep injury away!
On the prior-injury front, my hips are doing great! I saw my hip surgeon at the end of April, and everything is looking good. Sometimes my hip flexors are a little cranky, so he recommended someone for ART, although it’s seems to respond well to rolling on a lacrosse ball, so I’m holding off on that. Otherwise, I have one last follow up at the year mark (in August!) and then I’m free! They asked how I was doing, and I said that I had run 20 miles the prior week – they were quite impressed with that. It’s so funny to hear different opinions because to me, it’s “only” 20 miles – pre-surgery/injury that was nothing, but now it’s huge! I’m definitely happy with how my hips have progressed, and keeping up with my hip strength exercises will hopefully ensure the worst is behind me.
As for the calf – I got my third round of trigger point injections in early May. The PA I see said she wanted to do three rounds to see how they would help, and after that the next step would be seeing a radiologist who would do ultrasound guided needle fenestration. (Which from what I understand is basically ultrasound guided dry needling, if you’re more familiar with that.) I felt a big difference in the knot in my calf after the first round of injections, not much of a difference after the second, and only a slight difference after the third. I wouldn’t say I have pain there, but you can definitely feel a knot there and a little less spring when I put my foot down. The plan is to wait a month to see how the calf loosens up from the third round of injections before moving forward, so we’ll see. I’m very glad to not have pain when running, but I do worry how it will affect my speed and ability to run longer as time goes on.
Speaking of running long………I’ve been slowly increasing my mileage! I’ve been adding a mile to my “long” run each week while keeping the other runs during the week to about 3-4 miles. Sunday was the big test – I’d run 6 miles and 7 miles in the two weeks leading up, and I felt ready to try 8 miles. Eight miles is a big deal for me – it puts me over an hour of running, and I used to LOVE to go out and do an easy eight. When I first moved to New York, I lived about a mile from Central Park, so the run to the park + the six mile loop + a mile home was a perfect run. After a super rainy Saturday, Sunday was a beautiful day – 50’s and sunny. I walked over to the Hudson and headed south since I haven’t been that far south on the path in a long time.
I tried to keep it easy at first to be kind to my body, so I started with an 8:45 mile. I’ve been on the podcast train lately to keep my mind from thinking, “Does something hurt??” every second of every run, so I took Ali on the Run with me as she chatted with Megha Doshi. It was a great distraction and I just trotted along. The miles flew by, and I love chasing the World Trade Center down the west side. It was warmer than I thought it was going to be, so I was excited to hit the four mile turn around because I told myself I could ditch my long sleeve and just wear my tank top. It was lovely, as was the water fountain I stopped at, ha.
I turned around to start the journey home, and I was feeling so, so good. I’d been slowly picking up the pace as the miles went by, and I continued to do so as I ran back north. I’ll admit part of it was fueled by a guy who didn’t seem okay with me passing him – chill out, please. Although I know I should probably keep it super slow, it felt really good to get my legs moving and have a fast finish. I finished up the eight miles feeling great – both physically and mentally. My overall pace was 8:11 and my last mile was 7:36 – whaaaat? (And 26.3 miles for the week – just over the marathon distance!!)
It’s so fun to feel like my old safe after so many setbacks.
Of course, my clinical rotations start this week (tomorrow!!), so I’m going to be busy in a very different way than the past year. I hope to be able to continue to run (I’d be lying if I didn’t mention dreams of running another half marathon or marathon…), but I’m going to keep an open mind about how that may look with this schedule. I have some ideas up my sleeve, but until I’m actual out there doing the clinical thing, I don’t know how it will all pan out. (I’ll be reminding myself of Meggie for inspiration, for sure.) I am happy that I won’t be so worried about my hips and calf as I have been over the past year – so great to have some of the stress behind me!
Do you have a distance sweet spot? I love an easy 5 and an easy 8!