Weekly Wrap-Up: January 1-7

Still no pain from my hernia since Thursday. I’m waiting for all 3 days of pain to hit me all at once. That won’t be fun…until the hydrocodone kicks in.

With all of the excitement this week, I still haven’t finished my Huntersville Half recap, and until that’s done, I won’t be doing my wrap-ups for December or for 2017. I really hope I’ll be able to get them all done this week, but we’ll see.

It was really freaking cold this week, and even without the hernia it would have screwed up my schedule. The first week of January is a very bad time to show up at the Y, so the treadmill wasn’t really an option. I still managed to get a few runs in.

Weight Check: 163.3, down 3.0 pounds from last week. I wish that I could say that came from healthy, sensible eating, but no, it’s because this lingering cold has taken away my appetite, so I’m just not eating as much as I should. I don’t recommend this weight loss program.

This Week’s Runs
Day Total Miles
Monday 5.18
Wednesday 4.01
Saturday 3.11

Total: 12.30 miles

They ended up being all easy runs, and (except for Monday) didn’t match what was originally on my schedule. With Charleston deferred, I’m not training for anything any more, so I’m just trying maintain at least a sliver of fitness. Like I mentioned yesterday, until I get my hernia taken care of, I’ll just be sticking to shorter runs and no workouts.

At the time, I thought Monday was very cold, 25 degrees. Little did I know that it would be my warmest run of the week. While there wasn’t enough wind to check the Windy box, when the wind did blow, it cut right through me.

I still wasn’t fully recovered from my cold (and I’m probably still not 100%), at least as far as energy level. It was much better than last Saturday, though, and I was able to get over 5 miles with only a slight slowdown on the later miles. Other than the cold-related fatigue, my legs were OK.

I tacked on an extra .18 to welcome 2018.

Wednesday I apparently proved that it’s possible to run with a hernia, even though I didn’t realize it at the time. I was scheduled for 5 miles easy, but I decided early to do only 4 miles because of the weather, 21 degrees. I still hadn’t recovered my energy. I didn’t notice any fatigue in my legs until the last mile, although that may have had more to do with the cold than how my legs actually felt. It wasn’t a great run, but 4 miles is better than 0.

On Saturday morning, I didn’t notice any hernia pain, so I figured I could run…as soon as the temperature warmed up to something semi-reasonable. I waited until just after 10 AM, when it got up to a balmy 23 degrees. It was still cold, but the sun was out and that helped.

My legs felt OK, maybe a little rusty. I kept it to a 5K. I don’t think I’ll be running more than 5 miles at a time at least until I see a doctor again. All things considered, I think I ran pretty well, and I was able to speed up at the end.

After all I went through this week, it felt really good just to be back out there running again.

Next week, it’s going to be not quite as cold, so at least that won’t get in my way. It really just comes down to how my hernia feels. And I’ll find out more after I see the surgeon on Friday. Also, I think I need to wait another week before I try to run at the Y.