Coming Back From Injury is Humbling

by - Tuesday, January 22, 2013

As much as I want to quite literally hit the ground running, my runs as of late have been nothing short of slow and kind of miserable.

Running in shorts in November. No complaints here. @mizunorunning #fitfluential

My quads have ached with every run and my lungs burn after less than a mile.

I am completely out of running shape.

I guess six weeks in an air cast will do that to you.

Decorated boot

But still, it's hard to think that just a few months ago, I was banging out 20 milers without a problem and now I struggle through three.

The first few weeks I was cleared to run, I only ran once per week. Slow and steady, nothing longer than three miles. I wanted to ease myself back in.

This past weekend, I did two things I haven't done in a while. I ran two times in three days, and I did a "long" run of five miles.

Coming back from an injury is humbling. The speed leaves something to be desired, but the distance is improving!

And I'm so happy to say, I felt no foot pain on either run. Sure my quads and calves were tired and sore, and the five miler was full of walk breaks, but nothing hurt!

I could do a happy dance. (Actually I might have done one in my kitchen Sunday afternoon when I got back from the run...)

I know I still have a long way to go until I'm back to where I was, but I'm so encouraged that I can at least slowly start to increase my distance.

It's humbling to go slowly and sucking wind so badly, but it's steps in the right direction!

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  1. It is humbling, that is for sure! But I've found that once you get past about the one-month mark, things start to get a bit easier. Good luck with it.

  2. Coming back from injury is SO humbling. When I started running again after my back injury, I was running nine minute miles (slooooow for me) and thought I was dying. It's really fun to see improvement, though, and there's definitely joy in the journey!

  3. I'm glad that you're slowly getting back in good shape, Jess. Suffering from an injury is a devastating experience. It needs proper medication and treatment that will help for recovery but I guess the positive mentality of the injured will fasten the result. I wish you well. Thank for sharing you experience.