Well, last night marked my return to running after 5 1/2 weeks off due to a femoral (femur) stress fracture. It was only 27-minutes total, with 16-minutes of actual running, but it felt AWESOME! The biggest victory from last night is that I had NO PAIN!! It’s going to be a LONG process, but I’m so glad to be back on the road.
My “return to running” program consists of the following schedule:
- 4 min run / 2 min walk x 4
- 5 min run / 2 min walk x 4
- 10 min run / 1 min walk x 3
- 15 min run / 1 min walk x 3
- 20 min run
- 25 min run
- 30 min run
My instructions are to do each step for 3 to 4 consecutive days, and to take a day off before moving to the next step. Once I get to step 7, I can begin doing speed and tempo work again, and can start increasing my non-stop running time by 5 minutes, every 3 to 4 days. Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be back to my normal weekly mileage.
Again, I appreciate everyone’s support.