Sunday, April 28, 2013
Jogging is a journey. Truly.
My injury in December meant I needed to cut back quite drastically and then once again build myself up slowly to the 10km distance. Time has taught me that I have to take it slowly after an injury. Time has also taught me that injuries happen and will keep on happening BUT recovery happens too.
I've been back at the 10km distance for three weeks now, and, yesterday began increasing my distance to 11km as I have signed myself up for my first 1/2 marathon in October. I'm excited as my pace is good, the weather is a little warmer, I'm running pain free, and I'm a little bit wiser than before.
Every 'body' is so unique, and part of training is learning what your body needs. I now know that I need at least two runs a week to stay injury free. One short, one long. If I don't do the short run, the long run becomes quite hard, and, can result in injury. Ideally three runs a week is good, but I'll be honest, I don't always fit it in. I do walk at least half an hour every day, though, and I've learned that that is just as important for me.
At the moment I'm keeping my build up to the half marathon quite simple. The first step was getting to 10km again. Now I'm there I'll increase my distance at about 10% every two weeks and become more diligent about strength training. I do have a training plan somewhere, which I'll read and then adapt to what I know about my own body.
Maintaining exercise really is possible. Even after injuries. One just needs to be patient. Because I'm running my beloved 10km again and I'm loving every minute of it!