I just want to RUN!
One thing I can’t seem to get through my thick head is to not push myself too hard when I get back into a phase where I’m super inspired to run. It appears I’m always battling one injury or another but I can’t seem to get past them. Each time I start up again I think I’m taking time to work up to the place I was before, but something always fails.
Summer of 2010 I had just started running, I was starting super slow (1 min running, 1 min walking, max 2k) and I LOVED it. I never thought I would be a “runner”, even when I wrote the goal “I run to work 3x a week” – I wasn’t actually convinced I could pull it off. By the end of 2010 I had all my winter running gear and would run 10k down the canal on a sunny -30C day just to enjoy the fresh air! I was finding, however, that my hip and back were NOT happy generally speaking, so I sought help with chiro and massage and took a month off.
I ventured out again early spring, but quickly discovered a new pain. Diagnosis – my right ilio-tibial band was too tight resulting in excruciating pain in my knee. So I stopped running again, did a bit of research, and sprung for a new pair of shoes and a foam roller. I also started implementing the ChiRunning instructions I had received as best I could, but my runs were plagued with concern for my knee.
By Fall 2011 I had gotten out of the groove, life just didn’t allow the time for running – plus I missed my old routes beside the canal now that I was in a house outside the city. Then Christmas came and I got super lazy and just didn’t do anything!
Now I’m finally back in a mental place where I don’t want to macramé my butt to the couch with a beer! All February I’ve been doing 3k runs 3-4 a week. I tried to start 5k on Sundays but I guess I pushed it too hard, because now I’m out again with a ridiculous strain-pain in my ankle. I guess I’m taking another week or two off running again…
It can be so fleeting, the inspiration to get out and RUN, so it seems almost unfair to take it away from someone by way of injury when they actually DO want to. Dear God, please help me to appreciate going for a run even when I don’t really feel like it – because we only have our health for so long and we have to appreciate every opportunity we get!