April was the busiest month of track season with typically two competitions per week. It severely limited my time to train. Despite that I still raced the Cancer Crushin 5k. I took off 8 days from working out and had 8 days of running totaling 33.35 miles.
In May I ran the Turkey Hill Country Classic 10k and that’s when I knew I had to take time off from running or I would end up with a serious hamstring issue. Those two weeks were torturous at times as I felt no other workout besides running offered the endorphin high I so desperately sought. I was limited to upper body, core and rehab based workouts. After visiting a sports medicine doctor I was given a walk-run plan which help me to refocus my frame of mind. I took off 5 days from working out and had 10 days of running/walking totaling 25.67 miles.
In June I began to run more and walk less in my plan. I also started to develop more strength in my weakened hips and glutes thanks to physical therapy. I took 4 days off from working out and had 12 days of running/walking totaling 33.34 miles.
It shouldn’t be surprising to see such a drop in mileage factoring in the injury and rehab. I am impressed to see such a limited number of days off though which shows I have been dedicated to maintaining fitness in other ways while I’ve healed. I certainly hope the upcoming months will have more miles logged, but I’m not rushing back into training at this point. This morning I ran 4 miles with my dad, the longest run I’ve completed since the 10k. I’m ready to build back up to consistent 5-6 mile runs, but have no other goals set and no races lined up. I’m just focusing on enjoying summer, working towards my personal trainer certification, and enjoying my runs.
What is the longest period of time you’ve ever had off from running? Besides running, what other plans or goals do you have for the summer?