Hey guys, it’s been a while since I did a get healthy with me post and I thought it was about time we had a catch up. One of the main reasons I haven’t been posting these is because I had an injury. And recovering from an injury sucks.
As many of you will know, I’m a runner. Imagine my frustration when I feel down the stairs and got a stress fracture in my hip. I’d like to point out here that I was 100% sober when this incident occurred. To be honest, I think I’d rather not have been. At least then I’d have an excuse for being so stupid.
The official recovery time for a stress fracture is 4-6 weeks before attempting any form of activity. I knew at 4 weeks my body wasn’t ready, there was still too much pain when any there was any harsh impact on my leg. I started to feel fit enough around week 6 or 7 and started attempting things like running down the stairs or a light jog with my dog before I tried to go on a proper run.
Real running, with times, goals and pacing began at week 8. Which was 2 weeks ago.
Getting back into it
Getting back into it after an injury is so scary. You’re worried about causing yourself more pain, you’re worried about pushing yourself too hard and then you also worry about not pushing yourself enough.
But there’s another kind of pain, the mental pressure you put on yourself. One of the biggest frustrations I have when I try to get back out there is my decline in performance. And I really beat myself up about it.
Obviously, my logical brain knows my body is healing and it hasn’t ran in a while. It’s rusty, I’m rusty. But that means nothing when you’re out there and feel like you have very little control over how fast you’re going.
I entered a half marathon about 2 weeks before I fell down the stairs. I know, my timing is impeccable. So not only do I have the pressure I’m putting on myself to perform better, I have a time pressure too.
Three months of time pressure, to be exact. Three months exactly to get from 0 miles to 13.2.
I ran today, it was supposed to be a tempo run, a quick pace but not pushing yourself too hard. I ran that tempo mile today at 10 seconds a mile quicker than I would have ran a steady pace 10k 3 months ago. I’ll say it again, recovering from an injury sucks.
When I run, I use the Nike+ running app and follow their training plans for the most part. I started a new plan before doing my first run. As I’m in the early stages, and I set my current workout routine as nothing when I started my plan, I’m currently only running about a mile at a time. And I still can’t pick up the pace.
Now I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s a heatwave going on right now. Going from zero activity to trying to run in this has been a struggle. As I mentioned in my last post, I also haven’t had an appetite recently. So, I’m not fuelling my body properly, I’m trying to make it train in conditions it isn’t used to, it’s recovering from injury. And I wonder why I’m struggling?
Obviously, I have goals. If I’m going to complete this half marathon, I need to get myself focused again. For me that means two things:
Stop beating myself up and get on with it.
I was fairly fit before the stairs incident. Obviously, my body has declined a little in the last couple of months, but it hasn’t given up on me completely. My main goal is to have faith that my pace will pick up after I dust away the cobwebs and find my running rhythm again.
This one is hard to swallow. I didn’t have an ideal time in mind for my half marathon, all I knew was that I wanted to complete it in less than two hours. While I’d love for that to happen still, I don’t know how realistic that is now I’m recovering. Sadly, at this moment in time, my goal is simply to feel fit enough to complete it at all. Hopefully, when I next update you on this I’ll have a better idea of how long it will take me.
Have you got any fitness related goals you’re working towards right now? I’d love to know what you’re getting up to.
Until next time,