November month in review

I am running!  It’s not much, but it is so much more than anything I’ve done for months. 

Running mileage: 51!  How awesome is that number?  If you add up all my running from March to October, it doesn’t equal 51 miles.  So, even though I want to run 100 miles a month, 51 is an amazing number!!

Walking: 56 miles.  I am still taking my one mile walking break during my lunch break at work.  I keep thinking that it is going to get too cold at some point, but I just keep doing it.  I hope that it will make me hate the winter less.  Getting the fresh air is great, even if it freezes my lungs.  As I start running more, the walking mileage will decrease.  Right now, when I get on the treadmill in the evenings, I just plan to workout for the duration on one show on Netflix.  Since I can only run a few miles at a time, I walk to fill up the rest of the time.  I can’t wait until I can run for the entire show.

Swimming: I only got in the pool twice in November.  They were closed the week of Thanksgiving, and the week before that, my mom had knee surgery, so I didn’t get in the water that week.  I can’t wait to get back in the pool this week.  I think there are only three more sessions before they close for the semester break.  I do hope that they will open up again in January.  (I may or may not have my eye on a triathlon next summer.)

Biking:  I managed about 28  miles biking as I followed Tim around Madison for his first marathon.  I was so disappointed that I couldn’t run it with him, but at least I got to cheer him on.  I hope that we have another opportunity to do one together.

Being able to slowly increase my mileage has really helped to lift my mood.  And I need that at this time of the year.  Typically, when the weather gets cold and the days get even shorter, I get pretty down and depressed.  I really don’t like the winter.  But, right now, I have something to look forward to.  I can run.  I still have to run slowly.  And I am very slowly increasing my mileage.  But, I am running—pain free.  And that is truly something to be thankful for.

It has me thinking ahead to the spring and planning which races I might want to do.  Any suggestions?  What is your favorite half marathon?

Most recent follow up

It has been about a week and a half since I had my follow up appointment at Bone and Joint.  This was the appointment where I talked with my doctor regarding the results of the epidural she did at the beginning of the month.  I think this was the first time I was able to tell her that I am actually experiencing consistent relief from the procedure.  I’m pretty sure she was as happy to hear that as I was to report it.  I can only imagine that she gets frustrated performing procedures where her patients don’t feel any benefit.

Now, before you get all excited, I’m not completely pain free.  I still have some soreness, especially if I have to for long periods of time.  And I still have some of that deep bone pain that I’ve been dealing with for most of this year.  But I am certainly having less pain than I have had in months…and I feel pretty excited about that! 

The plan going forward is to continue to take it pretty easy.  I can slowly increase my running mileage.  Right now I can run three miles a day, most days of the week.  My pace is very slow, but I am so grateful I am able to do this.  Each week, I can increase by half a mile.  Next week, I’ll be able to run 3.5 miles a day.  Once I get to four miles a day, I may not do that much every day.  I might alternate between 3 miles and four miles. 

I still can’t do any high intensity running.  No speed work, no intervals, no hills, no race pace.  Just slow running.  I’m keep everything between a 10:00-11:00 minute per mile pace.  When I think of where I was last year, this is depressing.  But when I think of where I was 6 months ago, I am encouraged.

The doctor asked me what my goals were going forward.  I told her that I really wanted to be able to do another marathon.  She told me that her goals for me were not the same as my goals for me.  I guess I should expect that.  But, she has given me the go-ahead to continue to increase my mileage until I see her again.  But, like I said, I have to increase slowly and I can’t do more that 13 miles at a time.  I don’t think I’ll be able to increase to that distance before my next appointment with her in February.

If the pain comes back before that appointment, I am supposed to call her and we may end up doing another procedure. 

In the meantime, I am going to do a local Hot Chocolate Run with Tim and Jaden in a few weeks.  I should be able to run the entire 3.5 mile distance by then.   I am really looking forward to it.  And I’m not going to completely rule out the possibility of running a St. Patty’s Day 10 mile event.  We’ll have to see how the rest of the winter goes.  I’m hopeful and this is the first time I’ve felt that way in a really long time.