2019 – 2nd Quarter Fitness Summary

As June progressed I began looking forward to writing this post to see how track season and my hamstring injury and rehab would affect my stats compared to the first quarter of 2019.

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?

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11 Responses to 2019 – 2nd Quarter Fitness Summary

  1. Good job and such a great attitude! Do you do any cross training as well? I’m currently debating a 5 mile race on the 4th of July. When it’s hot and humid, I don’t feel fast enough to race, LOL.

    • TracyNicole says:

      Yes, my cross training consists mostly of DailyBurn workouts – any day of the month that’s not an off day or running day is typically a DailyBurn day. That can be anything from cardio workouts to strength training to recovery with mobility or yoga. I credit that for my strength/speed improvement over the past 2 years and up until the hamstring injury, for keeping me injury free.

      There’s a 5 mile race in our area on the 4th of July as well! I’ve never ran it and given the forecast for Thurs. am glad I’m not in shape to consider it!

  2. swosei12blog says:

    Longest period without running happened because of a lower back injury.

    In two weeks, I’ll start training for NYC’s marathon in November.

    • TracyNicole says:

      How long did the back injury keep you from running? It seems like that’d be a really challenging injury to rehab.

      Props to you, I felt like training for my half marathon in Gettysburg 2 years ago lasted forever since the race wasn’t until the end of Oct. Waiting until Nov. has to be even harder once you start putting in all the work!

      • swosei12blog says:

        Yes, you are right, it is hard to rehab because I’ll have flare ups every now and then. I was out for about 4 months with the initial injury. 12 weeks of PT did not really work so I had to get an epidural. The second injury knocked me out for a couple of months.

        It seems as if I’m staring my marathon training kind of late. I know folks that have purchased/ doing 20-week plans, which started earlier this month. For me, I feel like anything longer than 16 weeks is over kill because because I would get bored of training. Even 16-weeks is a bit too long for my mental sanity.

      • TracyNicole says:

        Wow I’m itching to wrap up PT and I’ve only done about 5 weeks of it. That’s a shame it didn’t work and you had to get an epidural. I’m glad you’re still able to run without too much issue though!

        16 weeks does sound incredibly long. The amount of time required to train for a marathon is probably the biggest reason I have yet to consider running one. I find training for a half consumes enough of my time, I can’t imagine almost doubling it in terms of weeks and duration of long runs.

  3. I’m happy to hear you’ve been easing back into running and things are getting better for you. When I had ITBS several years ago and pushed through and ran a half when I shouldn’t have, I was forced to take a couple of months off (completely) from running after the race. I couldn’t even walk without a limp for quite some time. Not smart at all.

    • TracyNicole says:

      Wow I can’t imagine how hard it was taking months off vs weeks! Did you have to do a lot of physical therapy to heal? Does it ever flare up or do you get nervous if you feel a twinge of anything? My hamstring had a tiny ache at times while working today that made me nervous that I pushed too much yesterday going 4 miles but it was over a 10 min per mile pace due to the heat so it certainly wasn’t fast and other than some small rolling hills was a relatively flat course. I think I’m a tad paranoid anytime I feel a little something and should realize even though I’m “healed” there may be times I’m reminded that it’s not 100% strengthened yet.

      • I did a lot of massage therapy actually because that’s what I needed- to get deep in the fascia and break up all of the scar tissue that had formed. It was incredibly painful but once that was finally better, I haven’t had any issues. I just make sure I foam roll my IT bands (and everywhere else) after every run and that’s worked like a charm! I also found yoga works great for me with keeping my tight runner’s legs at least a bit looser and more importantly injury-free (knock on wood!).

      • TracyNicole says:

        Massages are wonderful but I agree can definitely be painful if you have areas of major tightness. I have one area of my back that even though I go semi regularly (about every 3 months) she can never get fully worked out. I’ve learned to appreciate yoga more over time for its physical benefits, I still can only handle about 30 mins max before I get bored though – my husband had been doing some of the 60 min ones on DailyBurn and I don’t see how he lasts that long! Glad you found something that is working to keep you injury free!

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