A New Running Chapter Begins

Hey friends!

Just a quick post today as I am on the tail end of a 24 hour flu bug that caught up with me Sunday morning. Remember, I said my big guy had it Wednesday night? Well, it finally got me and it sucks. Throwing up is never, ever fun.

Thankfully, my weekend was 50% marvelous! If you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may not know that I’m back to running. Woo-hoo! Last week, Tuesday, I felt the itch to try my foot out on a run. It had been feeling great so the true test would be how it felt running. Amazingly, it felt awesome from the very first step! I ran 2 miles and could have gone more but was smart. I didn’t want to get yelled at too much by my PT. πŸ™‚

Dawning of a new day - happyfitmama.comThe dawning of a new day. Always worth getting out early for a run.

Later that day, I had an appointment with her and confessed. She was actually happy that I tried it since she was going to suggest the same thing. Guess I wasn’t as big of a deviant as I thought. Bummer…

Since then I’ve done 2 more shorter (3 miles), conservative runs. I can’t believe the change in my foot in one week of doing strengthening, stretching and agility training. I definitely have been saying a lot of “Why didn’t I do this before?” On Saturday, I wanted to try something longer. I walked for a 1/2 mile warm up, ran for 6, followed by another 1/2 mile cool down walk.

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The first 3.5 miles were perfect. My foot was great and my legs were strong. After that the heat and humidity caught up with me. My pace slowed and I even walked a bit. During the whole run, I started to think how sad it was that 6 miles was a “long run” for me right now. Two months ago, that wasn’t even a short, easy run. But then I realized that I can’t keep looking at the past if I want to move forward. This is a new chapter in my book of running.Β  It takes time to build mileage, strength and endurance. I’ve come back from an injury before and I’ll do it again.

This is my story. It’s all up to me how it’s written. And it’s going to be marvelous!

What’s been marvelous for you lately?

41 comments on “A New Running Chapter Begins

  1. So pleased you’re back to running – I can sense your happiness!
    That’s funny you mentioned how short your long runs are right now, as I did the same thing in my last post. But you are so right, there’s no use looking back and we are best to turn the page to a new chapter – thanks for reminding me!
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  2. Great to hear that you’re basically pain free. It may seem dumb to you that six is now a “long” run, but just remind yourself that at one pt in your life, you couldn’t even run 6…. and you were able to get to where you were before injury just fine πŸ™‚
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  3. Yay!!! So glad you are back at it!! The heat and humidity of this past week killed everyone out there! You will be back to your version of long runs in no time but you are being smart to take it slow. Starting over, in a sense, is harder I think mentally than physically. We remember what we could do and think our body should work accordingly! Hang in there!

  4. So glad you’re back at it and feeling good! Those first few weeks post-injury are always a little discouraging, but it will come back faster than you think. The trick is to hold yourself back with the mileage while your muscles/tendons catch up to your cardio fitness! Oh- and hope you feel better!!
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  5. Congratulations on getting back out there!

    I am so happy to be back to running, too. I was going insane not being able to be more active, and it is awesome to be able to lace up. You’re right though – you shouldn’t compare what you’re doing now to what you were doing then. That’s a mistake I’ve been making and it ends now.

    Good luck!
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  6. Glad to see & hear that you are back to running. You never have a need to look back when you are running, so it is best to apply that to life, as well πŸ˜‰
    And hey…you learned something from the injury and so it may have sucked, but that makes it worth it in some weird way!
    You’re stronger & wiser…
    Right?
    πŸ˜‰
    HeeHee…Keep on running, girlie!
    You got this!
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  7. I love that you are running again, makes me really happy for you!!! πŸ™‚

    Things have just been generally good for me, no extreme ups or downs and I am grateful for that. The roller coaster can be draining mentally and physically, so a nice steady ride has been beautiful and mentally freeing!
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  8. Yay for running! I am happy too for being back to running after injury, still working with my sports chiro but feel I am finally getting back. Injuries are so tough both mentally and physically.
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  9. WooHoo for being able to run again!! Always a great feeling.
    Bummer on the stomach bug – hopefully the family is done sharing that!!

  10. I feel you girl!! I’m having such a hard time not comparing myself to where I was this time last year (training for the same marathon, but running twice the distance I am now…). I know that in the long run slowing down and taking the time to heal fully will not only make me healthier, but faster and able to do MORE than I was doing before, and that keeps me optimistic! So glad you are back to it!
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  11. Congrats on getting back to running! Feels great after a long break, I know. My marvelous moments lately have been my cooler runs (thanks rain!) and getting ready to move and decorate my new apartment. So exciting! Happy Monday!
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  12. what a happy post!! yay for being back to running. i can totally relate to this, as i’ve dealt with many injuries in my running career. and you’re right – got to look forward, not back. i also feel like that right now, since running 4 or 5 miles seems like a lot! in any case, it must be good to be back!
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