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Injuries happen, but recovery does come (eventually!!)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jogging is a journey. Truly.

My injury in December meant I needed to cut back quite drastically and then once again build myself up slowly to the 10km distance. Time has taught me that I have to take it slowly after an injury. Time has also taught me that injuries happen and will keep on happening BUT recovery happens too.

I've been back at the 10km distance for three weeks now, and, yesterday began increasing my distance to 11km as I have signed myself up for my first 1/2 marathon in October. I'm excited as my pace is good, the weather is a little warmer, I'm running pain free, and I'm a little bit wiser than before.

Every 'body' is so unique, and part of training is learning what your body needs. I now know that I need at least two runs a week to stay injury free. One short, one long. If I don't do the short run, the long run becomes quite hard, and, can result in injury. Ideally three runs a week is good, but I'll be honest, I don't always fit it in. I do walk at least half an hour every day, though, and I've learned that that is just as important for me.

At the moment I'm keeping my build up to the half marathon quite simple. The first step was getting to 10km again. Now I'm there I'll increase my distance at about 10% every two weeks and become more diligent about strength training. I do have a training plan somewhere, which I'll read and then adapt to what I know about my own body.

Maintaining exercise really is possible. Even after injuries. One just needs to be patient. Because I'm running my beloved 10km again and I'm loving every minute of it!
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  • no profile photo CD13830925
    I agree with all the comments-I was training for a half marathon but my body told me to slow down and I became ill. I want to build myself back up again but will do this much more slowly. Good to hear that you are back at running again. Sounds like you have a great handle on this. Good luck.
    2662 days ago
    It's good to read that I'm not the only person working through recovery to run again. I've had to back out of two half marathons because I injured myself and couldn't recover in time for the race. But I *will* come back at least to a 10K distance, just as you have done.
    2662 days ago
    Good news! I am glad to hear you are making progress.

    2664 days ago
    glad to hear you're feeling better . I learned hard to give the body what he needed when I was sick , now when I feel worse after training I'm just slowing down
    2665 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2282052
    What a great reminder to listen to our body. Huge congrats on your success.
    2665 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I so feel you! I injured myself on Jan 20 at the Clearwater Halfathon. Did a 10K, another Half, and a Duathlon all at a very slow speed! Finally went to see an Ortho Surgeo, started PT, and slowly came back. Today, I did a PR 5K THEN followed it with a 1 mile Fun Run. I'm back and training for my first Triathlon...at 63!

    So glad you embraced patience and are coming back. I believe that my injury only emphasized that we should train as best as we can in preventive maintenance. OH, and I discovered that I love the 10K distance the best! I wish you the very best! Cool runnings!
    2665 days ago
    I'm glad you recovering do well, and congrats to running 10K again!

    I too run my first 10K after several months of decreased distance due to snow, work overload and lastly some respiratory infection - and it felt soooo good! : )
    2665 days ago
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