After the go ahead from the physio a few weeks ago I'm back running, and gradually building up to where I left off. Most importantly pain free!
After 4x running / walking runs from the physio's plan, it said I should now be able to go out and run for 15 minutes, but I've decided to take things a little slower and I've hopped over to C25K again jumping in at week 4, and rather than doing that run 3x, as long as I'm pain free I'm moving on to the next week. So today I'm all set to do week 5.
I can't tell you how happy I am to be running again, despite the drop in temperature from when I last ran!
Since coming off the IC, my approach to my personal journey of running has completely changed. Whereas before I was constantly trying to improve times and grow in distance, striving to run quicker and get PBs. Now it's all about building up some slow and steady runs and getting a foundation from which I can grow. I'm not in a hurry to do 10k, or even 5k now. I'm simply enjoying my running, because I just love running.
I did join a gym when I was not allowed to run, and I've started doing yoga classes, strength classes, along with swimming and spinning. I don't think I'll use the treadmills as not only do they terrify me, I think I just prefer to be outdoors. (Although they do have a curved Woodway treadmill that is supposed to replicate out door running....still terrifying though). There is a running club there so once I'm back up to 5k, I'll join those runs.
For all those on the IC, be patient, do your physio exercises and slowly ease back in to running. For those who are running, listen to your body and if something doesn't feel right, don't run with pain. Rest, and see a physio if you need to.
Happy running and resting!