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 below article made me feel a whole lot happier 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.
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.
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 😉 ) and I feel like this has really helped strengthen my ankle and help it heal.
I am also going to try and do other things to make running feel easier, namely:
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 🙂
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 🙂
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.
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.
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! 🙂