The one with resuming running after an injury

So running again after taking a good month-ish off kindof burns. Groundbreaking news, I’m sure. It is so good to be back in business but the actually running itself doesn’t feel super lovely and so I have accessed my best resource (the internet) to read up on how I can make this feel better.

The belowΒ article made me feel a whole lot happierΒ about it. I got out there and ran for 25 minutes yesterday at a less than phenomenal pace and at first all I could think about was how last year when I left Sydney it was more common for me to run about three times that. This article helped me remember that I really shouldn’t be comparing like that the second I get back from spraining my ankle and taking time off. I should be just building up a nice base, enjoying some easy runs, being happy to be running again.

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Point #5 of this article also hit home for me. Focusing on each day at a time, and smaller goals, will make getting back to my former glory (HA) way more reasonable. I love the idea of micro-quotas- this is very much something I use in my life in general so it is time I started applying that to my running.

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And of course Runner’s World has something valuable to say on the topic. It is so important that the actual injury is ready to run, not just your runner’s heart wanting to go for it. I have done a whole lot of yoga recently (you guys might have noticed πŸ˜‰ ) and I feel like this has really helped strengthen my ankle and help it heal.Β 

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I am also going to try and do other things to make running feel easier, namely:Β 

Take breaks when I need to. If this makes the run feel better for me, then that is what needs to happen. This bench is one of my fave places to stop and stretch and catch my breath and is ideal for stretching out my back. Plus you can see the Sydney harbour bridge in the background πŸ™‚Β 

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Embrace that it is not going to feel comfortable. Often when I remind myself that discomfort is a natural part of running, that it is supposed to be hard and supposed to feel like I am going to drown in my own sweat, this weirdly makes it easier. Exhibit A: what 25 minutes of running did to my face and hair. It was not nice. The photo doesn’t even showcase fully how nasty the situation was, but that is probably a good thing as you may not want to be my friend if you saw the real deal. Time for me to embrace it πŸ™‚Β 

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Sticker up that garmin. This made a big difference for me yesterday as it stopped me looking at it every three seconds and I just ran according to how I felt. It also made me happy to see the little mouse creature on it, so that was a win.

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Remind myself of how much I do love running. Remember past runs that were amazing and how every tough run brings me closer to runs that feel better again.Β 

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Have you come back from a running injury before? What did you do to help yourself get back into running? -Please give me all your tips, I need them right now! πŸ™‚

 

 

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11 Responses to The one with resuming running after an injury

  1. Jessica says:

    Yay for running again.!! So happy that you are staying positive about it.
    And I actually came back from an injury sometime last month. And weirdly enough, I felt better afterwards and my runs were a lot better. I think not only my injury needed a break, but my body did too. Guess I was more tired than I thought. That’s awesome that you’ve stayed active during your injury though. I would totally recommend you ease into it also.! As the articles say.
    πŸ™‚ you’ll get back to where you were in no time.!

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    • Aw thanks Hun! That is so true, sometimes the body just needs a break! I’m so glad your groin injury is all better, now you are back to your beastie early starts, so impressive! πŸ™‚ absolutely, I need to not get carried away and just be easy on myself πŸ™‚

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  2. Well done for staying positive!
    Doing too much too soon is what caught me out when I first started running and I got injured. I have learnt from that though.

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    • Thanks so much Dannii! That is such a good point, doing too much too soon is only going to be counterproductive so I really need to just rein in the running enthusiasm a wee bit πŸ™‚

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  3. runsaltrun says:

    All such smart decisions. Just make sure to take it slow. Coming back from an injury can be really daunting and you may overanalyze certain kinks, but just make sure to listen to your body! You sound like you have this totally under control. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks girl! That is so true about the kinks, I’ve been hyperaware of the unsprained ankle and I think I just need to let it do it’s thing… I’ve just got to practice what I’m preaching haha πŸ™‚

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  4. Hi Jessica! Man injuries can be so incredibly frustrating. When I used to run a lot in college, I developed stress fractures, one so bad in my right foot I had to take months off of all activity. I tried to use the bike, but that didn’t work either. I would say that trying to cross-train and take up other activities while you get stronger is always a good idea. But I know you miss those runs. Don’t do too much to soon and listen to these articles you’ve posted. Hope you’re feeling 100 percent soon! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

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    • Hi Ashley, thanks so much for your encouraging words! Wow that would have been really tough! Being able to do yoga has really helped, I can’t imagine no cross training at all! It is exciting to be running again but you are right, I need to listen to those articles and let myself get stronger first πŸ™‚ Hope you are having a lovely weekend! xx

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  5. I think you covered it all! I remember coming back from injury and was exhausted running just a mile. Running is all about increasing your endurance, and that will come back – but doesn’t need to come back right away. Just give it a go, and enjoy the scenery and the walks to get there! PS, spoiler alert on my blog today… I went for a loooooooong run yesterday πŸ™‚

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    • Soooo impressed with that long run of yours! That is a huge amount of time to be on your feet! That makes me feel heaps better, a mile is actually really far! And you’re right, it doesn’t need to come back straight away. No rush! πŸ™‚

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