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.
1. 9:22 (warming up)
3. 8:30 (first hill)
6. 7:12 (mostly downhill)
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.