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The pregnant lady who left me in her dust.

Ran with the Wednesday hill group for the first time since coming back from being injured. This is the group that starts at 5:30 and we run about 8 miles, from Barton Springs to the University of Texas and back.

The first half is all uphill mostly. My pelvis/groin didn’t bother me, but clearly I’m not in the shape I was once in. My lungs and the rest of my legs hated me the whole run.

I think I averaged about an 8:15 pace. And in the group of about 8 of us, I was dead. Last. And that includes a woman that was 21 months weeks preggo. (Thanks for the correction, Sadie – only a new mom running her first 5K post-baby could catch that mistake.)

Yep. I got passed by a woman that is 5 months pregnant. And that’s not even the crazy part. At about Mile 2, she fell. Everybody stopped and we all had this scary look on our faces, wondering if she had injured herself. We all asked her if she was alright. She got up. Dusted herself off. Walked it off. And kept running. And running. And running.

The funny thing is, before the run I saw Margaret and thought, “Oh, cute, since I’m taking it easy, I’ll just run slow with her. She is pregnant.”

Problem is, I couldn’t catch her.

(Hope her doctor or her husband doesn’t read the part about her falling.)

Pelvis progress report: Holding up during hills and hard surfaces

I’ve run 11 times since coming back from a stress fracture in my pelvis. Saturday’s run was my first away from the soft trails of Austin’s Town Lake. That meant hills and hard surfaces.

(What, you thought the headline meant something else? Get your minds out of the gutter people!)

The encouraging news is that I felt stronger as the run got longer.

Mile splits

1. 9:22 (warming up)

2. 8:06

3. 8:30 (first hill)

4. 8:03

5. 7:48

6. 7:12 (mostly downhill)

7. 7:44

8. 7:29

During my first few runs after coming back from this injury, I felt very stiff in the first few miles and the stiffness wouldn’t go away for about 2 miles. Lately, including Saturday, the stiffness seems to be gone before the first half-mile mark. And I don’t feel any pain during the run.

Of course, the second I stop running, there is some pain. And lots of stiffness. By the time I drive home and get out of my car, I’m kind of limping to the front door of my apartment. Scary. But the doc told me there might be days like this, and that inflammation would set in my pelvis when I stopped moving. He said I could treat this with ice and ibuprofen. So I do, and the pain and stiffness goes away and there is no soreness the next day.

So, of course, I’m still not 100 percent, and I may not be for awhile. But I do feel like I’m improving and getting stronger.

It’s just going to take some time.

Recovery from pelvis stress fracture going slow, but running has produced no set backs.

I’ve run six times for a total of about 24 miles since coming back from my pelvis stress fracture. And the good news is that I have not re-injured myself. I’m icing at least once or twice a day and I’m stretching a lot, especially while watching reruns of ESPNs SportsCenter in the mornings.

Most of the runs are very slow, especially the first few miles, where my pace is hovering around 9:00 to 9:30 min/mile. It just takes a while to warm up, to get through the pain all my joints are feeling from so much inactivity.

But Thursday morning was probably the best day I’ve had yet.I ran a whole 5 miles. And I didnt feel as much pain in the beginning of this run as I normally do. By Mile 2 I was in the sub 8 territory and I pretty much stayed below 8 min/mile for the rest of the run. It ended up being the fastest and the farthest I’ve run post-injury.

As I write this post Friday morning, I am experiencing no soreness. So I can’t wait until tomorrow’s “long run” which for me, will be my first attempt at running for at least an hour since I ran 10.5 miles the last Saturday in February.

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Too much wine, weight and Words With Friends: What else is there to do when you’re injured

Now that I’m running again, I’ve got to get back into the routine of being a runner. 4:45 a.m. wakeup calls. Purchase extra detergent to wash all the towels I’ll mess up. Shoe check. And, of course, spend extra time stretching so I don’t re-injure myself.

Of course, when I was laid up, I did none of that stuff. I didnt stretch. I didnt worry if I had clean shorts to wear. I didn’t fret about what time I ate dinner. And I certainly didnt fret about early-morning weather forecasts.

In fact, what I did in those 30-something days of activity was:

Drank lots of wine.
Gained lots of weight (154 pounds before injury, 164 now)
Stayed up past midnight often.
Slept a lot.
Played lots of Words with Friends over breakfast (which meant lots of cheating. Thank you, Scrabble Word Finder. My words with friend username, btw, is 5ksandcabernets.)

Did I say drank lots of wine? Oh, I did say that.

I’ll probably still drink a lot, and cheat (on Scrabble) a lot. But its time to get this bod back in shape.

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Disobeying the doctor’s orders: I’m running again

Call me stupid. Insane. Crazy. Hard-headed.

I’ve been running. Not real fast. Not real far. But I’ve been moving faster than an old blue-haired woman at the mall.

Running. With my running shoes on. And socks. And shorts. And my singlet.

Blink. Gulp. Deep breath.

Now I know what you are going to say: “Didn’t the doctor tell you three months of no running?”

Yep. He said that. But maybe he got the timeframe wrong.

Everyone I’ve talked to with this kind of injury can’t walk, feels sharp pains in their pelvis, needs crutches. And, most importantly, feels excruciating pain when they attempt to run.

Since I’ve been diagnosed with this pelvis stress fracture, and subsequently have not run, I’ve felt pain in my hip, not pelvis. I don’t need crutches. I don’t have sharp pain. Or any pain at all in my pelvis. The doctor actually told me to check back with him in mid-April to see how I’m progressing and if I felt better, he’d let me run then.

But I’m feeling better now. I wanna run now. So Tuesday, I decided to go to bootcamp and do ab work and run two miles on the trails. Felt no pain afterwards.

Then Wednesday, I ran 2.5 miles pain free. And Thursday, today 4.5 miles.

Everything but my pelvis hurt. Knees. Ankles. Quads. And, yeah, there was some soreness in the muscle around my pelvis and hip. I guess everything was waking up from a month of dormancy. But my pelvis didn’t hurt. And in fact, as the miles ticked off on today’s run, I felt better and better and better.

So, I’m back to running. Slow. Easy. And I’ve moved up my appointment with the doctor to this Monday. And unless he tells me to stop running, then I’m running.

By the way, don’t tell my doctor.

Today’s run: