On the Road of Recovery

Still struggling with muscle and tendons issues, I am now able to log some miles. Not too long or far. But better than nothing. I am still having Physical Therapy and now even using KT tape. I prefer not to detail for how much I spend on recovery tools, it could covert pay off the debt of several countries.

What was (and is still) the plan to go back to recovery? Well, pretty simple:

  1. Stop running at all. I replaced running with bicycle, elliptical and swimming. I maintain at least 1 to 2 hours of physical activity.
  2. When I was feeling I was doing too much damage, I switched to another activity. In the beginning, even standing was painful, so, it was a challenge to exercise without (too much) pain
  3. One week after the initial injury, I went to the doctor to get medical advice to see if anything was broken. I then attended PT. Of course, PT exercises do not account in the training time. Do your homework: workout + PT
  4. After a week of PT (and about 3 weeks to one month after the initial injury), I started running again. It feels good to be out but was horribly painful. At some point, you have to suck it up. And keep running: this is what is going to happen on long races.

If there is a single rule that can summarize this plan, it would be: stay smartly outside of your comfort zone.

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Of course, over the last weeks, I have read a lot of bullshit interesting articles about injury and recovery. Two great articles are definitively worth reading: The Remodel Project and the Economics of Injury Recovery.

So, definitively not healed. But on the road to get ready for the coming challenges.

First meeting of the year: Forget the PR 25K and Hyner 50K.

Ready or not, I will be there.

On the Road of Recovery

Entering the star system

Last week, I was featured on The Run Commuter website. I got my own article, which is definitively a true honor. I feel that I now belong to the club of the runners that got this exposure. It is also really funny because I just got injured one week before it was published.

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And this week, the pacer page on the Pittsburgh marathon was just published. And of course, my ugly face is on it. Yay.

 

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It seems that all of that is finally getting real and I will have to run a half marathon in 1:45 in May while entertaining people around me. I tried to avoid everything running related since several weeks, including contact with the running community but it might be time to treat the several muscles injuries, tendinitis and remain of fractures that keep me away from running since several weeks now. Between a coming trip to Japan, another in France and a last one in Italy, I should find some time to train.

Entering the star system