It’s been 11 months and 3 weeks since I tore my calf in 2 places and gave up running in favour of strength training. I had injury after injury and my legs just needed some time off and a proper focus on getting strong. I committed to it. I even called myself a “former runner”, when it all felt a bit too much. Last night my physio gave me the all clear to start running again.
All my hard work has been working towards this. I didn’t want to get too excited in case it was a disaster, but it wasn’t going to be. I’ve been walking about 3km a day for the last few weeks, in the hope that walking would get my legs and hip ready to try again. It wasn’t a disaster after all, it was really quite fun. The deal was to start with tiny intervals and we’ll build from here.
Warm up – 5min walk
Intervals 20m run / 50m walk x 20
Cool down – walk until back home
I’ve never been a fast runner, and it doesn’t really bother me. My physio said not to run fast for the intervals and I really made a point to not sprint them. My legs felt really good and whilst I found it was hard to get a rhythm in only 20m sections, it was great for remembering some of the techniques I’ve learnt about running with good form. I ran up a small, short hill with ease and I can see that slowly increasing my intervals will be what works best for me.
One thing I wasn’t prepared for was just how cold it feels outside. I wore a running t-shirt and crops with a zip hoodie and I felt like I needed warmer clothes. It was 6C/42F. I think I’ll wear my headband that covers my ears and I’m buying some full length tights because I’m just not used to the wind chill. The last thing I want is to catch a chill that keeps me from running.
May 20 has been on my mind a lot lately, and I’m so glad it doesn’t have to be the sad day I thought it would. It took nearly a year to get running back, but I made it back just in time! Phew.