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A slow return?

gdionelli

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I just might be getting back to running. As I type I am stopping frequently to knock on wood, cross myself, eat raw garlic, etc. - whatever will prevent me from jinxing myself.

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I set the Garmin for run/walk alerts and ruthlessly followed my plan. Did it in 17 intervals, not 18. This particular race was my very last one, three years ago, before I got injured, so it was rough being there and being unable to really run, but I focused on the positive. I was there, my time was "only" ten minutes longer than three years ago, I was actually a bit quicker than my Tuesday trial run, it was my first run back on pavement.  My toe was only slightly annoyed with me by the end, and I wore the evil orthotics the rest of the day to give it a break. Seemed to work.  

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I still have issues - the surgical ankle still swells a bit, even though surgery was two years ago. And running in the rocker soles is very different. I was a forefoot striker before, but now that is the thing that I am supposed to avoid. Running this way tightens up my calves, and I also find it to be very noisy. Or maybe that's just the shoes, or the extra weight I have acquired from not running. 

Regardless, I still hope to prove wrong the many, and I mean many, people who've told me I should just give up the idea of running. I know you all understand! No dancing banana yet...but maybe a toe-tapping grape. 

 

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Is there any wine to be gleaned from said toe-tapping grape?  If so, I raise a glass to you!  As we get older, things do tend to happen, and many of them get in the way of our running.  And yet, here we are, still going at it in spite of aches, pains, disappointments, and the inevitable slowdowns.  There must be something to this running thing after all!

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5 hours ago, ocrunnergirl said:

This makes me so unbelievably happy!! Baby steps!! Keeping everything crossed for you!

Thanks, Gwen. Baby steps, indeed, but I'll take 'em!

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3 hours ago, CompulsiveRunner said:

!!!!!!

I think a dancing banana is appropriate given how far you've come and how long you waited. So glad to hear you're moving again. The run/walk intervals are a perfect way to ease back in. There's much to look forward to in 2019!  

 

Thanks, Carol! I've had so many false starts that I hardly dare hope...but 2019 IS a new year!

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12 minutes ago, atombuddy said:

Is there any wine to be gleaned from said toe-tapping grape?  If so, I raise a glass to you!  As we get older, things do tend to happen, and many of them get in the way of our running.  And yet, here we are, still going at it in spite of aches, pains, disappointments, and the inevitable slowdowns.  There must be something to this running thing after all!

Well, of course I'm in moonshine territory, but I'll raise a glass back to you! Taking inspiration, of course, from your return from your oh-so-dramatic injury! 

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13 hours ago, Gonzo Runner said:

Do they make raw garlic flavored GU?

Glad to hear about your progress, hope things continue to get better. 

Garlic Gu is a scary thought!

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