Another new distance

Well, I did it this morning. I pushed past the two miler for the first time since surgery.

I got up this morning about my normal time of 4:40, but this time I didn't do the normal hitting the computer to clean up my e-mail and read some blogs. Living in the Atlanta area where we are experiencing the shortage of gas, I too am feeling the crunch. I refused to sit for 45 minutes in a line to wait for gas over the weekend. I figured, I am usually up by 5:00 AM, I will just try to find a gas station with gas first thing.

My plan paid off. I got out the door just before 5:00 am and the first place I tried, the gas station closest to home, the one that has been out more than most..... had gas! And not only did they have gas, they had it for less than $4.00. And yes, for all those of you in Atlanta, I pulled right up to one of the empty pumps and filled her up with a smile on my face.

OK, back to the run. I had a bit more time at the gym this morning so even though it was difficult, I pushed past the 2 miles and accomplished my first 3 miler since surgery.

Till next time....

Tim Wilson -

Sometimes, it hurts too much

Some mornings when I get up my shoulder just hurts too much to run. I feel like I am using it as an excuse to not get out and run, but I am just not sure.

This morning is one of those mornings. I am up, out of bed, getting dressed to run. It is 4:55 and I am walking downstairs, but my shoulder is just aching. If my shoulder is aching like this now I know the running is just going to further the pain. So, this morning I will not run.

How I long for the days when my shoulder is no longer part of the decision.

Tim Wilson -

First 2 miler since surgery

Monday morning I hit another small milestone. I hit the 2 mile distance for the first time since the surgery. You may remember a short time ago I tried to do this but ended up stopping short because of pain in my shoulder. Well, this time I hit the 2 mile mark and felt good.

Baby Steps....

Tim Wilson -

Back on the road

I took the leap and stepped back out onto the road this morning.  I went for a short run to see how everything felt.  The short out and back route I took wasn't even quite a mile but I wanted to see how my shoulder held up under the different type of jarring it would get from the road as opposed to the treadmill.

It went good, but I really felt today how long it has been since I have been out on the road.  I am not upset but it is a little discouraging.  I know that a big reason for tiring so quickly is the way I have to run with my one arm planted on my side.  Running this way keeps my whole body tense the entire time so I cannot relax and get into a groove.

The time will come.....

Till next time....

Tim Wilson -

Still running.....

It has now been just over 2 weeks and the running is still going good, although slow and short. I am still only able to go about 1 mile at a time before my shoulder starts to hurt. I have dropped the time a bit, but I am not trying to hard at this time.

So far I have only done the running on the treadmill, it has been kind of a safety net about being able to stop if it starts hurting. I have found so far that I have been fine for the first mile so I will probably take my runs back out on the road in the next week.

I have once again this year missed some key races that I missed last year. Last year at this time I was injured with a pulled groin muscle and couldn't run much. I missed the US 10k Classic just this past week and will be missing the Buckhead Sizzler later this month. I am OK with this and am not trying to push myself back to a racing point yet. I will have plenty of opportunities later in the year.

Till next time....

Tim Wilson -