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Getting back out there after injury

I'm writing this because I know it will make me get back out to run later today. It's daunting restarting when you've had an injury. I know because I've done it once already. Earlier this year I had to take a break for 3 months - then started again from scratch. I got to the end of week 6 with many repeated weeks but without mishap. Then I hurt myself again and for the first time had to abandon a run part way through.

I felt so defeated and down.

But I got lots of encouragement from all of you - and worked out that it was a minor hamstring injury. I don't think I'd been stretching and warming up enough. So I've had a 2 week break and it feels ok.

I'm not going back to the beginning this time - but will try one of the easier week 5/6 runs. If it feels ok I might just do those interval runs for the next two weeks. Lots of stretching before and after.

For me this is turning not so much into a 9 week journey - but 9 months! But hey, what did I expect after not running for 30 years! So if you've struggled at all with any week - just keep on going. I'm not going to give up and I'll get there however long it takes.

I read somewhere it takes 12 weeks to establish a new habit....

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Thankyou Parkbirdy

I was feeling sorry for myself after not being able to run for about 6 weeks, but you have given me some inspiration. i shall be going back out this evening too.

Good look to you and thankyou. I have just blogged about my injury about 10 mins ago prior to reading your blog.

Take care and good luck

James

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Parkbiddy.. it's been three years since you wrote this post.. tonight its given me the insperation I needed to go back out and try again.. I've only been on the IC for two weeks but scared of failure.. but failure is only if I dont try.. hope you still running:) and it made me smile to see your graduation badge.. WTG you x

Thanks, Caroline

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