Back to my first love: running
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
My journey to fitness has had so many ups and even more downs. After continuous bouts of plantar fasciitis and then a diagnosis of severe arthritis in both knees, I gave up running for about 2 years. I focused on other activities, primarily yoga which I love, and also did some physical therapy for the knees. In my heart and mind, I had given up on running though. And as much as I enjoyed yoga especially and other things, nothing could really take the place of running for me. But I honestly didn't think it was for me and I had accepted that. Then one day a couple of months ago, my fiancée, who is training for her first marathon, said to me "We're going for a 3 mile walk." She was expecting me to fight or whine or complain but I just said "okay, let's go." While we were out walking she said, "let's run to that pole" and I thought "um nervous... but I'll give it a shot". The last time I had tried running, my knee totally gave out and it was horrible pain. But that was before I did the PT. This time, miraculously, there was no pain. So we did another short running interval and I think during those 3 miles, I did 3 or 4 short running intervals altogether. A little seed of hope began to spring in my brain. I was afraid to hope for this. Even though my knee doc said I could definitely run, that it would actually be good to keep the knees as active as possible, I didn't think I could do it without pain. And I still struggle with moderate PF in my foot at times. But so far (*KNOCKING ON WOOD FURIOUSLY*) things have been going well. I have been doing the Couch to 5K training and I am following it to the letter to prevent injury. I am on week 5 and did over 2 miles last night which is the longest distance I have done since my 5K in 2011. It's been an amazing feeling to run again. It was my first love when I first began exercising and trying to be fit. I was afraid to hope that it would ever be possible for me to run again and it's hard to even type this blog, afraid that I will "jinx" something. But I feel like I have learned a lot since I was a newbie runner. I have learned a lot about treating running injuries, cross-training, resting and not going overboard. I feel like even if I do suffer another injury, I will know how to deal with it so that I can return to running. I have signed up for the Wicked 5K in Salem in November which my fiancée will be doing with me and I am very excited. It's good to be out on the road again.