My Journey Back from Injury

Blog, how I have missed you! I took an unintentional hiatus from writing, perhaps it was the nagging tendon injury that sidelined me for two months, the taking on of a second job that has cause my work/life balance to completely fall out of whack, or just run blogger’s block (it’s a thing); but excuses aside, in just TWO shorts weeks I will begin my training for the San Francisco Marathon! With the running and writing juices flowing, I’ll be tracking my training here once again.

PromoTSFM

Promo shot for TSFM (I’m in the front row 😀 )

This is my 5th year participating in TSFM events, and I have decided that I will run the First Half Marathon. I was once again selected as an ambassador for the race, and you can meet all of the rest of The Team here!

About that injury…In October, I suffered a severe tendon strain in my right foot. Healing a tendon is no joke: it took weeks of doing nothing on my feet just to stop limping. Once I could walk properly again, I started slowly rebuilding the strength in my leg. I began taking yoga at my gym, and worked up to 3-4 classes a week. The difference in strength between my right and left leg was immense at first, and my balance was completely off. However, slowly but surely I regained strength.

I also began to supplement my cardio training on the stationary bike. I almost died from boredom (no joke), so I never peddled for more than a half hour at a time, but it was good a start. Just after the New Year, I started to run/walk again. At the advice of an Athletic Trainer, I began running on a treadmill rather than outside. SO! I worked my way up to running about 20 minutes on the hamster wheel. Then, it was finally time to take my runs to the streets again!

I always side with caution, and steadily increased my run/walk mileage over the course of two months. I am now capable of running for miles again without walking breaks, but it was quite a journey to get to where I am now. Thus far I remained uninjured, and I am SUPER stoked to get my training underway!

-J

 

 

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20 thoughts on “My Journey Back from Injury

  1. Wow, that sounds like quite the journey you’ve had in the past few months. Glad you’re back! I’ve only had to deal with pretty minor injuries so I have no idea what it’s like to be not running for so long. Even so, I can definitely relate to your boredom with the stationary bike! I’m learning to appreciate it when I can’t run, but that’s only due to being able to watch shows on Netflix while I do it. And I still wouldn’t say I like it lol. Hope your training goes smoothly!

    • Thanks! I’m glad to be back too! That is GREAT you have never had to deal with a major injury before, it really messes with you mentally! I had never been really hurt in my life before-no broke bones, sprained ankles or anything! So it was tough making myself just sit for awhile. Netflix is a smart idea, I would try to watch the television in front of me but I was reading subtitles, so I would get distracted easily. Thanks for stopping by again! 😀

    • I’m sorry to hear that! Well, if it makes you feel any better, bone can potentially heal faster than tendon or other soft tissue injuries, with proper rest. Hang in there, I’m doing SO much better now, but it has been months to get where I am today. I try to tell myself that most runners, and any athlete for that matter, will face an injury from time to time, it’s all a part of the experience and learning process. Rest up, and heal quickly! 🙂

  2. Glad you’re back!!! I’m sure it is the best feeling!!! It’s hard enough just having something small and being off a few days. You’ve grown stronger for it! Good luck with training and looking forward to hearing updates!

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