If you are able to enjoy years of running mile after mile with no injuries, then you should count your lucky stars for such fortune. Most of the running population will suffer from knee, hip, foot, ankle or back ailments at one point or another. I have most certainly suffered my share of IT (iliotibial) Band and countless knee problems, making most of the races I participate in now much slower than those run over a decade ago.
I have had to come to terms with I am most definitely the tortoise in a sea of quick-twitch hares.
I’m okay with that.
As you may remember, I had a marathon scheduled for October, which turned into a half-marathon, which turned into backing out all together and cheering from the sidelines, due to an Achilles injury.
It was a very slow recovery…still feeling the effects running a Thanksgiving 5k…and being last in my group to limp across the finish line.
By December I was starting to add more runs and more mileage…then the flu hit and hit HARD. Down and out for a solid 2 weeks had me really starting from point zero. My “comeback” has been slow and full of baby steps.
I’ve signed up for a relay team marathon event in a couple weeks, making sure that the team was okay with my slow pace. I also have a 4 mile run in March and made it into the Utica Boilermaker 15k, being held in July. All of these are set to coincide with my goal of training for the half-marathon in October.
I’m feeling like I’m back in the saddle again. The pace may be a bit slower than I am used to, but for now, that is ok.
A mile run is a mile run, whether I cover the distance at a 6 minute pace or a 12 minute pace.
The finish line is just as sweet.
Are you getting out there, no matter what?