So happy to report that my back is almost back to 100%! I was seriously freaking out when i last posted.

So now I’m finally planning my comeback.

Clearly Duncan is thrilled about my comeback

Clearly Duncan is thrilled about my comeback

I’m looking forward to joining my hiking group tonight and returning to the yoga mat tomorrow morning. I’ll modify as needed for my back if I feel the need.

And I’ve resumed what I was just getting underway with at physical therapy for my toe 2 weeks ago when the back went out. Yesterday I did 3 sets of toe raises and took a brisk walk. I’ll incorporate some jumps soon. Just want to make sure my back is truly 100 percent first. The next couple of weeks will be all about stress and rest which is what my toe needs to continue repairing in its final phases of healing. I found this great post on the site about recovering from soft tissue injury that explains everything so clearly.

My plan is to actually start running a little in another week or 2. I’m going to follow the rule of 2 starting with a 10 minute easy run and adding 2 minutes to each subsequent run so long as I have no pain. (I’ll be taking at least one rest day in between runs to monitor the situation).

Over the next 3 monnths I’ve got three 5Ks that I’d like to run (slow and steady!) if possible. I have to say that I am being cautiously optimistic but even just the idea that I’ll be running again this year makes me so happy.

trenton-halfSince Mr. SOTSS has already signed up for the Trenton Half at the end of October I’m hoping I can run the 5K. (Here’s my recap from 20162014 and 2013.)


Then there’s the Fall Flat 5K in mid-November (where I truly discovered what “conversational pace” was at last year’s race).

big-chillAnd finally the Big Chill 5K in December (you can read a little about last year’s race here. If all goes well I’ll think about increasing mileage next year.


  1. So glad to hear you are on the road to recovery and have a plan in place for your return to running!! I just started a course of prescription anti-inflammatories for hip bursitis (I thought at first it was ITBS but realized the pain was a bit different and it wasn’t responding to my usual ITBS plan of attack!). I’ve been completely off all exercise for almost a month now and am finally noticing the pain diminishing, so hopefully in another couple weeks I can start a plan similar to yours. I, too, have some fall and winter 5k’s that I’m hoping to toe the starting line for! Anything of greater distance will have to wait for 2018.

    The silver lining to this is that I sure can’t wait to get out there again! After months of feeling burned out by running, I now miss it like crazy. Absence makes the heart goes fonder and all that jazz, I guess :). Happy healing and enjoy your comeback!!

    • Is this the first time you’ve experienced hip bursitis? Other than rest does anything else make it feel better? Looking forward to both of our happy return to running. Absence totally makes the heart grow fonder. 🙂

      • Yes, I feel like I’ve had every other running injury in the world (including surgery to remove bilateral Morton’s neuromas) but this is my first experience with hip bursitis. It’s proving incredibly difficult to rehabilitate, but I’m trying to stay optimistic and not fret too much about my waning fitness :/

        • Hope you’re feeling better! Meanwhile were you the one that recommended the Saucony Bullet capris? I am ready to buy a few more pairs…wearing mine out! 🙂

  2. I just want to say that I really enjoy your blog. I like your positive take on things. You are a doll! I’m so glad that your back is feeling better.

  3. What a great post! I loved that article. One big lesson I learned with my peroneal tendons injury/regeneration therapy is that we are really quick to block that inflammation stage of the healing and the body really needs that part to heal. For me, this came in the form of taking NSAIDs almost on the daily. Such a bad idea and I really dug myself into a hole. I still have on days/off days with those tendons…always fearful of re-injuring them! I am glad you finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! You have a great comeback plan!

  4. So cool that you are in a hiking group – I would love to start one someday (when I’m not living right in the city).

    Good luck on your comeback! Sounds like a great plan.

    PS Duncan is the cutest.

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