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What injury taught me about running.

Now I am back to normal (fingers crossed) after my injury I promise to blog-no-more about injury and Physio, (after today) …. phew you say.

Between 19th July and 29th September I was barely able to run.  It was a shock, having managed 5 plus years running injury free, and I assumed I’d be back running in a week or two. However it took a fair bit longer and although very frustrating (to put it mildly) it did teach me a few lessons about myself and running…

I realised that,

  • Running is important to me (I missed it and cross training didn’t cut it for more than a week or two)
  • Running gives me energy and motivation to get on with other things (away from the lure of the couch)
  • Running keeps me happy (and nice – ask my sons!)
  • Running keeps me sane (see above)
  • Running gives me an outlet for my competitive nature (grrr)
  • Running gives me ‘me’ time (an hour lost with my music and not a peep of the word.. Muuuuum?)
  • Running helps give me an identity other than wife/mother/p-t worker (and lets me reconnect with who I was before all of the the previous)
  • Running keeps me in shape
  • Running has brought me new friends

And learned that

  • My weight and waist-line are influenced more by how much I run than how much I eat and drink
  • My foam roller should be my friend (twice a week on the ITB!)
  • I need to do regular strength exercises to support my running (every other day squats lunges and the like)
  • I need to stretch very regularly to support my running (daily, after every run and must not forget my glutes and hip flexors)
  • I need to pay attention to my running form and posture
  • I need to wear the right shoes/orthotics
  • Regular sports massage and trips to the Physiotherapist are a worth while investment
  • PBs are not the be all and end all (time to get real girl, you’re getting old)… (well until I’m back!)
  • I’m looking forward to running a Half Marathon at an easy pace,  just because I can! (I missed Run to the Beat) so I’m delighted to make my local,  Royal Parks Half Marathon at any pace.

Whist thinking about this post I have had a clear out and ended up reading a back copy of Runners World (which I wont be ditching) and found a relevant article on  ‘Adding Years to your running Life’ by Julia Buckley, April 2011.  Many of he tips outlined were very pertinent and I have recently learned to adopt.  As for the rest I will be re-reading and taking note…