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Breakthrough day: I ran a mile!

Since breaking my hip in April of last year and having three screws put in a month later (read more about the broken hip saga here!), I’ve:

  • Taken a four month break from running while I recovered from surgery
  • Aquajogged and used an underwater treadmill
  • Had two gait assessments done by my physical therapist
  • SLOWLY eased back into running!

TriathLauren - Treadmill

My running has looked like this:

  • Run 1 minute, walk 1 minute for 30 minutes total (repeat three times no more than 3x/week)
  • Run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute for 30 minutes total (repeat three times no more than 3x/week)
  • Run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute for 30 minutes total (repeat three times no more than 3x/week)
  • Run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute for 30 minutes total (repeat three times no more than 3x/week)
  • Run 5 minutes, walk 1 minute for 30 minutes total (repeat three times no more than 3x/week)

My other guidelines were to work on my form, which still needs some improvement, never run in the dark so as to not increase my risk of falling, and have fun! Though one might think this would get super tedious, I have been SO happy to be out there running, and with no goals or races looming in the very near future, it’s been a really wonderful process for me.TriathLauren - Potomac Yard Park

Today, though: today was a biggie. I finally “graduated” and actually ran a mile, all the way through! It was not fast and my form was not perfect, but I did it!

Today’s run looked like (semi weird intervals at the end to get me to 30 minutes total):

  • Run 1 mile, walk .1 mile, run .5 mile, walk .1 mile, run .5 mile, walk 1 minute, run 30 seconds

And, it was glorious! Cheers to small victories, progress, and forward motion. Because (especially if you’re injured), if you don’t celebrate the little things, then why even bother!?

One Comment

  1. Sarah Sarah

    That must have felt great! Also, we live/work very close to each other! I was just running on that path today for the first time – it’s so nice!

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