So Saturday I was feeling ambitious, like I had zero pain and was dying to run. So I tried. And succeeded.
I was told to take it easy, like extremely easy. Guess who started C25K?! Yes me! I was told by my physical therapist that to ensure a full recovery and not to lose my endurance I would have to start from scratch. So I started Week 1, Day 1 and ran/walked for 20 minutes. I got 2.3 miles done.
(Yes, check out of awesome photography skills!) My run was not bad, but not great either. But thats not what mattered. What mattered was trying to run without pain. I wasn’t going for anything, seriously. I didn’t care about my time or distance, just running without pain. It worked. My time went by so fast that when I was finished I figured hey, run again. This time I was focusing on my distance. One mile. Good thing I was prepared with my compression socks, also told I had to wear them when running to ensure adequate blood flow to my injured muscle.
I was half way through thinking, holy cow I am flying! I tried following Runner’s World’s advice by only using 50% of my energy and it actually helped. When I got to .6 I slowed down and tried to add 30 seconds to a 1 minute on my pace. The run felt awesome. In total I managed to run/walk past a 5K, with a full running mile.
Did you start running with a program? Have you ever had to start over a training program like C25K?
I am willing to do whatever I have to. I don’t care about going slow to start off, I want to run forever and not be stuck with an injury again.