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.
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    WTG! I have seen you on the RTW FB page. I thought I recognized you from somewhere. So glad you are able to start up running again. My artner has arthritis in both knees, one really bad. After lots of personal training, her knees are doing so good she tried running too. LOL, she didn't care too much for it just yet. :)
    1734 days ago

    As long as you keep up with the physical therapy exercises and pay attention to the signs you should be fine. I'm glad you are back to running and enjoying it.
    1742 days ago
    emoticon Love Yoga! emoticon Love Running! Good Luck to you!
    1742 days ago
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