Today, I ran almost 4 miles at lunch. It was my first run in 2 weeks. I broke the 9th rib on my right side on Monday, July 6th. The breathing has sucked and I have to shallow breath all the time or it hurts. I do feel like in the last 2-3 days, I have noticed a little progress. It hurts less in most situations. During my run today, I made a few observations, both positive and negative.
First, on a positive note, it was great to be back running again. I did miss it the last 2 weeks. I feel better when I am running and I'm sure Maura would agree :) Also, from the get go today, my legs felt great. I don't expect that I lost any real fitness in only a 2 week break, but I did gain some rest for my leg muscles, joints, etc. There was a definite, smooth flow to my running, especially at first.
The negatives start with having a constant tightness in my rib area from the first step of my run right through to the last step. It was extremely tight the whole way. I think it was a combination of the injury and me tightening up subconsciously to protect the area. Also, I was forced to shallow breath the whole time. This is super fun when running. Also, it produced a cramp within the first 10 minutes. I just kept moving one foot in front of the other though, happy to be running.
All in all, it was good to be running. I think until I heal up a little more, I will stick to 4-5 mile runs. It is about all I can handle with the breathing thing I think. I am hoping to keep progressing and be 100% ASAP, maybe by the second week of August.