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My new normal: Better than not running at all

Posted May 14 2013 12:19pm

Late last month, I decided that sitting around resting was not going to help me fix what was wrong with my leg . I figured I’d have to rehab AND run at the same time. Heck, at least I could see what was working and what wasn’t. I put a synopsis of each run in a chart.


I’ve run 11 times in the past three weeks.

So far, I’ve noticed a few things:

  • In the beginning of a run, I’m really stiff – stiffer than normal. My paces for Mile 1 of most runs are usually in the high 9s or low 10s.
  • I still have to stop and start once or twice a mile to let my right leg untangle itself .
  • Usually, about 25 to 30 minutes in, I feel like I have a little more control of my leg as my pace quickens.
  • Running up steep hills is almost impossible.
  • My cardiovascular is Out. of. Shape.

This last note is something I’ve really got to work on. Look at the average heart rate column. See how the numbers are mostly in the 170s? Now what does that number mean, you ask? Well, my max heart rate is about 200 (though my max heart rate in each of these runs never reached that output). So, divide 170 by 200 and you get 85 percent. That means my heart and lungs are working wayyyy too hard for the paces I’m running. Before I got injured, 85 percent was my half marathon race pace which equated to about 6:45 to 7:00 min/mile pace. As you can see from this chart, I’m far from that.

But the good thing is I’m slowly regaining form. My average heart rate is dropping, from the mid to high 170s when I started this comeback to the low 170s (and even some high 169s) now.

Things won’t be totally right until I get this leg fixed. But until then, this is my new normal. And let me tell you something: It’s better than not running at all.

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