Last year about this time, I completed my first 5k in Atlanta, Georgia. It was a huge accomplishment and I decided what a great way to keep up with exercising while I travel, help out charities along the way & get to experience a local event. I did another 5k in Memphis, and then one in Louisiana. My time wasn’t the fastest, but I enjoyed myself – especially after coming back from a devastating injury. (Read the background here).
So, the reason I haven’t done another? Injuries. I stupidly twisted my ankle horribly in Texas which put a damper on running for quite some time. I never could get up to running more than 5 minutes before the ankle would start bothering me. By the time we got to Oregon in April, I was adjusting to a work schedule again and while I walk 3+ miles a day to get to work – it isn’t running.
A few months ago, I decided to take advantage of the gym we have in the building and start building back up my endurance. Good news – no ankle pain! Bad news, calf pain which has now led to severe lower back pain.
So I am back to square one, but I am not ready to give up on doing a 5k in each state. I have stretches the doctor gave me that I am doing to hopefully strengthen everything up. Once I stop feeling pain, I am going to introduce yoga back into my routine – it’s been since before the broken leg and I think it will do wonders. Then, hopefully start back into the C25k program – I really want to do a 5k in Oregon & Washington before we take off!