That’s a lie, I’m not new really. I have however had a break from the forum for a few weeks, following a chronic disc problem flare up and having to take some time out of running for physio and trying to actually walk, never mind run.
Anyway I’m back and after 2 weeks of doing various C25K runs, back to W5R3 at my usual pace, feeling good.
Some things that have helped me recover for those on the IC:
1. Taking a leave of absence from the forum. I really didn’t want to see/hear how great it was going for everyone else. That may sound mean and bitter, but it’s not. I don’t begrudge anyone their runs or achievement, I just didn’t want to feel more resentful and mournful if not being able to run as I really missed it. I even hid my running gear, as I couldn’t bear to see it.
2.Good physio who tells you you’re not a proper runner until you’ve had time off through injury.
3. Fitness built up returns surprisingly quickly. How could those early runs make me feel so sick first time round? Didn’t even break a sweat in the rehab runs.
4. Pilates every day really helps. Done it for years, but going back to 2 x 10 mins exercises every day has really helped
5. I will be injured again. I have a chronic back that mercifully left me alone for 5 months whilst I worked up to doing 5Ks. I’ll get back to 5Ks soon, and I may need to go back to the IC again. But for me, that’s ok. It doesn’t mean I can never run.
6. Running, at the age of 51, is undoubtedly the best thing I have ever done. Apart from having my children. And maybe marrying my husband (need to think about that one).
So if you are on the IC, maybe take time out of the forum, focus on yourself and the small gains you make. Mostly, be kind to yourself. You will run again.
Happy running peeps. 😊🏃🏻♀️