I’ve been dying to get back into running. This morning I ran 30 minutes easy. I have been running 4-5x 5 minutes on/1 minute walk every other day for a couple of weeks and today I wanted to run 30 minutes. It’s the fourth of July and I wanted to be a runner.
I’ve wanted to be a runner everyday for the last 6 months that I haven’t run. Which I think is a great sign. I’m not brooding about not running. I’m not sitting in a room everyday thinking about running. I just simply want to be able to get my shoes on a go outside and run like I used to. I know it’s who I am and what my body wants to do.
So I did.
And wow. It was bad. Haha. Like, bad and good and totally hilarious to anyone watching.
I stopped for the bathroom 3-4 times because my body forgot how running works. My ankles, hips and knees creak and feel like I’m 93 years old instead of 23. It may have been beneficial to have a walker.
All of my running shorts are too small and my thighs are in constant contact with each other these days, so the chafing is real. IT BURNS.
So I’m out there hobbling along with grandma joints, chafing thighs trying to make it 5 minutes without pooping my pants (sorry lol).
Despite this, I was so unbelievably happy to be able to run.
I’ve almost gotten to the point where running seems like it might be impossible for me. Will I get hurt right away? How will my hip and ankle get better? Will my bones break in the first month?
I look back on days I ran 8-13 miles a day for months at a time without pain and have no idea how I got there. How could my body have tolerated running for so long and now it just can’t?
Well, it will. It just needs time. A lot of time.
Things I’m not going to do now:
Diet or try to lose weight quickly
Bump up the mileage or try to start running everyday out of nowhere
Get stressed about not doing enough
Talk negatively to myself about the shape I’m in
Things I’m going to do now:
Keep eating healthy and normal and let my body do the rest
Remember I did this on purpose (the long break and weight gain that is)
Remember that I’m a runner
Continue with rehab and strength until my joints no longer feel rusty and creaky
Progress slowly. So slowly that it might take me 6 months to get up to running 5-6 days/week
Keep taking days off
Keep prioritizing school and life and work over fitness
Probably invest in some larger running shorts
How to get back into running after a long break?
Take it slower than you want, do all the small little things, keep fueling your body, stay positive and take it one day at a time. Be happy to be out there, even if it’s just hobbling around with chafing thighs and old lady joints. This is way way way easier said than done, but we can do it.