12 hours, 51 minutes
Avg Pace: 12:36/mile
Shamrock 5K 2010: 32:12 (10:23 min/mile)
57.7 miles -- 3.5 miles less than in 2010
11 hours, 57 minutes -- 54 minutes shorter than in 2010
Avg Pace: 12:26/mile -- 10 seconds faster than in 2010
Shamrock 5K 2011: 33:21 (10:45 min/mile)
I missed some runs this month because of my cold and surgery, but still awfully respectable! My pace is still better than last year, despite the fact that I took 3 weeks off in January to go to Indonesia. Now, because of my leg surgery, I am not allowed to run for 2 weeks. I definitely don't feel like my training has been as solid as it has been the last 3 years. Still, I'm doing pretty well. I don't want to focus too much on any PRs with the exception of my marathon in the fall, but I still can't help but think about it some.
My leg is doing very well. Friday, I went back to the hospital and had my bandage removed. As it turns out, I did not have the full closure surgery, and all of my varicose veins were actually branches of the larger vein. The branches aren't large enough for closure, so they were simply removed. For some reason, this has really freaked me out, even though I knew that the branches would be removed before I had the surgery. I still have my larger saphenous vein. Even though it seems counter intuitive, this actually causes more pain because the saphenous vein is still there to put pressure on the places where the branches were removed. I haven't been in too much pain though, things have been ok.
Friday morning, I woke up with some real pain going on in my calf on that leg. It was so painful, and I was concerned that might have a clot. However, it turned out that my calf muscle was just really sore and aching from having the tight bandage and walking weird. Since Friday, the pain has slowly gone down and today I even walked 6 miles on the treadmill with almost no discomfort.
My biggest problem is the sutures in my leg (5 total), that keep getting caught in my pants. I was told to try not to cover them, since they'll heal easier if they're not under a bandage. So, they do get caught. Yikes! My leg looks like it's been beat up, it's purple in places, red in others, and yellow/green in others. It doesn't hurt too bad.
So, things are going very well. I'm cleared to ride a bike this week, and tomorrow I'm starting upper body weight training again. I've been told not to walk or cycle on any inclines or hills at all, so I'll stay inside on the treadmill. My neighborhood is really hilly.