After a painful run back on January 4th, I took two weeks off from running. Taking a forced break from running is hard. It’s one thing to not run one day because you don’t feel like it, but to not run because you know you need to give your body a chance to heal is so frustrating. And the whole time I’m not running, I’m thinking crazy thoughts such as these….
What if I forget how to run? (stupid… who “forgets” how to run?)
What if I don’t like running when I can do it again? (again, stupid…. I’ve liked it for 3 years, is it really going to change in 2 weeks time?)
What if I run really slow again, slower than I ever did before? (this one is more likely, but still kind of silly)
So yesterday, after 2 long weeks, I laced up my running shoes and decided to run for a mile just to see how it felt. My knee has been feeling really good so I was very optimistic. I also went back to my marathon shoes, not the new ones I think were causing the knee pain. And guess what?! NO KNEE PAIN!!!! And look at that pace!
I was so happy, as you can tell by the smile on my face. I wanted to run farther than a mile, but I also didn’t want to push it. But, I know now that I can get back out there. My goal is to keep to shorter runs for a bit and build the mileage back up so I don’t do too much too soon and hurt my knee again. I have several races coming up, so I need to be in good shape to enjoy them!
What crazy thoughts do you have when you’re down with an injury?