Last week I was given the green light to start running again. Not 2 mile runs or run/walks, but my version of running.
I immediately left my ART appointment, laced up my Brooks, and hit the trails for 20 miles.
Yes I was given the green light to start running again, but that doesn’t mean that I am turning around and jumping back into training where I was. I am being very cautious and conservative with returning to running after this injury because I really want to make sure that it doesn’t come back!
Tuesday morning I nervously headed out for a 4 mile run. This would be my longest run in a while and I was definitely nervous. It is pretty nerve wrecking returning to running after being sidelined for any amount of time from an injury. Every single step I take I am wondering if it is going to be the step that starts to hurt again.
Am I going too far? Am I going too fast? Is it going to hurt again?
So in order to be safe, rather than sorry, I am keeping things short and easy and taking my time to build the miles back up. This is exactly why I pulled out of the She Rocks the Trails race when I found out I was indeed injured. I didn’t want to have a race pressuring me into coming back faster than I should, and now I don’t have that. I can take my time to make sure that I am really truly healed before doing anything crazy.
I am very happy to report that last week I had 4 pain free 4 mile runs. Each one got a little faster and each one I felt a little stronger.
I am planning on increasing the miles a little more this week and am really just enjoying this time as I come back to running. I am so happy to just be running that nothing else matters once I lace up my shoes.
I am also enjoying fun things in life right now without having to worry how I will fit in a 20 miler while spending the long weekend in the mountains. Running is always such a big part and driver of my life at any given moment, that it’s been refreshing, and actually fun, to focus on other things too.
I guess I have found some bright sides to recovering from injury.