I mentioned at the beginning of October that I was finally ready to get back to running. My injury seemed to be a thing of the past, and more importantly, my attitude towards running was back to being a positive one. Turns out, I still had a little work to do; I ran a few times in October, but struggled a bit prioritizing it over my other workouts and commitments. Then on November 1st, something magical happened. I cheered for the New York City Marathon (like I do every year), and the once fiery flame that had dwindled down to embers caught it’s second wind.
I’ve been trying to be smart – for the first time in a long time – when it comes to my running. The big difference between this go-around and the past is that previously, I’d do the rehab for my injury, feel good, and jump back into it too quickly. The first few weeks were cautious, but I’d get a taste of the good stuff and go full steam ahead, often too soon. It’s tricky to build a schedule for yourself with low mileage when you’re used to a much heavier load, but it’s also a relief. I have little to no pressure on myself; if I don’t feel like running one day, I don’t really have to. If I need to switch things around to accommodate my schedule, it isn’t nearly as difficult to figure out where to fit in 3 or 4 miles, versus 10. Right now, my main focus is to get myself prepared to gallivant through Disney World in January for the 10k and half marathon I’m signed up for. I have no doubts about being able to finish, I just want to make sure I don’t hurt myself in the process and I have a good time.
My first week back (three weeks ago now) I ran 15.5 miles, not running more than 4 at once, and keeping a day in between each of my runs. This week I’ll top out at 20 (if everything goes according to plan), and I’ll have run my first three days in a row since early May. I’m doing all of my runs in the morning (unless I work from home one day where I get the luxury of a lunchtime run), and I’m keeping up with cross training. For me, cross training means going to Refine Method at least 3 times a week and doing the “little things” (ankle and foot strengthening exercises, IT band exercises). I’m hopeful that I can keep this momentum going and have a solid winter of training (we’ll see what mother nature thinks about that), so I can do some type of racing in the spring… likely just shorter distances. I’m not going to hold my breath, though. For now, I’m just going to enjoy the run. That’s what it’s all about anyway, isn’t it?!
Any advice for coming back from injury?
How do you get your running mojo back when you’ve lost it?