Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Crawling back.

You've heard it before but I'm going to say it again anyway: Running injuries suck.

For real.

First, they hurt. Then they force you to take time off from running. And then, once you're free to start running again, they flare just enough to let you know that they're still around and so you scale back on your grand return-to-running plans.

I've been "back" since the end of June. But, not really. I had three decent runs and then one that forced me to stop running immediately, and was followed by another week of full-on rest.

Last Friday, I tried running again, just a mile. No problems. So I went for 2.5 miles on Sunday. Again, no problems. On Tuesday, I went crazy and ran a little over 3 miles and -- woo hoo! -- no problems.

I'm hopeful -- very hopeful -- that I'm truly on my way back. Granted, it all feels like a frustrating crawl and I still can't tackle anything resembling a hill, but progress is progress.

Tomorrow, I plan to run again. Fingers crossed that it goes well!

Thanks for stopping by!


 

9 comments:

Amy Z said...

Good Luck! Running injuries do absolutely suck. I just came home from 3 easy miles on trails and for whatever reason, short, easy distances on trails make my IT band angry. I am like the opposite of most running advice, but each time it happens, I just hope that it is not a real thing. I have a hot date tonight with the yoga mat and roller.

The Happy Runner said...

Amy Z -- thanks! Hope the yoga mat and roller work for you!

Darlene said...

Yay for no pain. I hope to be crawling back too.

Jessica said...

Hope it keeps up! I'm finishing up week one of four of no running from a hip injury and IT SUCKS.

The Happy Runner said...

Good luck, Jessica! I didn't run for 7 weeks and it was so hard!

Suzy said...

So glad you had some good runs recently! Most of us can empathize with you about injuries. Take your time and come back slowly so you do not reinjure yourself.

Bridget said...

Yay! I wanted to ask you what was going on. But I didn't want to bug you.

paullamb said...

I got my first set of shin splints a couple of weeks ago. Had to take FOUR DAYS off of running. I hated it. Wore compression socks for the next half dozen runs. Seemed to get over the splints. But even now, weeks later, I can feel twinges of them after my longer runs (anything over 5 miles). Still, I'm happy to be out there on the road!

Cynthia O'H said...

Time off is always hard - it doesn't matter how short or long it is. Hope yours doesn't go on much longer.

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