How am I going to run back after injury

I Became a runner during the epidemic. I’ve never been able to go too fast or too far, but in the last two years, two to three times a week I’ve tied my shoes and hit the sidewalk that has always been valuable to me. Short, easy runs clear my head and bring me peace, while long distances take me to mental and physical places of joy and energy. So miss So Lots

My running practice stopped after I slipped on a patch of ice and sprained my ankle while traveling in the mountains a little over three months ago. I walked up the stairs and couldn’t put weight on my feet and went from mile to mile logging to the lips. Over time, my injuries have healed, and I am now able to do jump squats and hikes again. And, finally, last month I decided to test the water with a run. The plan was to have an ultra-slow, 20-minute jug, I decided. I would stop if I got hurt.

I bought a brace from the pharmacy and am feeling incredibly excited. This feeling lasted as I got into my running shorts, my ultra-light top, my running hat and belt and shoes. I missed this thing! Putting it on made me feel like a version of myself that I loved. I fired up my playlist and set up.

My body is strong and capable, and it doesn’t change because I wasn’t able to do what I did three months ago.

Immediately, everything felt different. The start of a run was enjoyable, because I was running without working myself. It seemed that day, running with molasses. My ankle was fine, but my calves were burning and my hamstrings were hurting. Worst of all, I felt pain in my lower back – a sign that my core muscles were weak. I realized that two and a half months had put all those specialized tiny muscles that support a race – which I had developed in the last two years without really realizing it – into hibernation mode.

Feeling defeated, I calmed down as I walked and called my mother. I almost broke down in tears. I was angry at myself for slipping on that ice, and shaking my body to go backwards for what it felt like in such a short time. How did this happen in just two months? How could the peace of a small, easy run be stolen from me so quickly?

But there was nothing to do but continue because I had an event coming up that involved a run and I wasn’t going backwards. It was on the beach, the site where I ran my longest distance (five miles), the place I always feel the best.

During my training, I chose to use guided runs from the Nike Run Club app. One day, halfway through the 30-minute race, the narrator, Coach Bennett, asked me to think of a word to describe how I wanted to feel. I immediately thought: Enlivened! I’ve always felt like running for about 15 minutes. But then I realized that I was nothing but energy. I was tired, and in pain, and that feeling was probably not going anywhere. Maybe, I thought, I could choose a new, better word for the moment, and I took “acceptance” with me.

As I acknowledged my tired body I repeated it to myself over and over again. That’s right, I thought. I can be tired and slow. If I’m still tired, I can walk for 30 seconds and catch my breath. I was living in struggle, and by living in it instead of being angry at it I was able to go through it. I finished the run.

The ultimate lesson of humility and acceptance in running back. It made me humble how quickly change could happen, and I had to adjust myself to how much was out of my control. But I am also fascinated by the resilience of the human body. My body is strong and capable, and it doesn’t change because I wasn’t able to do what I did three months ago. I am learning again how to move forward, and feel more grateful for my love of overall health and mobility.

After many miles (and a few more cries), I made it on the day of the event. Immediately fell behind the pack, absolutely the last person. I accepted that. I was going slow, but it was beautiful, and my body wasn’t hurting badly in any way. I was able to run for 27 minutes, and yes I felt muscle pain, but also excitement. Was I back? I was back!

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