Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Post-Injury Update

It has been a month since my last double digit run, a 13.3 mile trail run on January 18th to be exact. That week I ran 28.3 miles.

In the weeks following that run, I ran 4.1 miles (the week I knew I was injured), 0 miles, 5.2 miles and 15.5 miles this past week. 

I know that I have to come back slowly, but I am getting impatient. There are times I feel like I am never going to be back to where I was before. I think about how I ran a half marathon at 8:43 pace, and I feel like I will never do better than that. Then I think about how I ran a marathon at 9:49 pace and I feel like my dream of a sub-4 hour marathon is completely out of reach at this point.

I'm not sure when this will happen again

I know that isn't true, but this wasn't how I wanted the beginning of 2014 to go.

I am a completely competitive person, more so with myself than with others, and to see my distance and, possibly even, my time goals slipping away from me is tough. I should probably remove my pace bunny on RunningAHEAD because it is frustrating to see that based on my current mileage, I am projected to run less than 800 miles this year.

It could be worse, and thankfully I am running again. I only had the one DNS during the time that I was injured and this weekend I will get to run at the Half at the Hamptons.

I'm not going to say that I am racing, because unfortunately I will have to stop and walk here and there and take it a lot slower than I would if I had never been injured (my plan was to aim for a sub-1:50 half marathon if everything had worked out).

Luckily, I know I am strong and capable of so much more than I have already accomplished. Also, I am not jeopardizing my biggest goal to date, and maybe of my life, my Ironman in August.

Overall, I feel like I have handled this setback pretty well (there may have been a few pity parties here and there) and even though it doesn't feel like it now, I know I will be back to where I was before I became injured.

I just have to be patient, which isn't easy for me.

17 comments:

  1. Have soooo much fun this weekend! I was slated to be there and to finally meet you guys, but alas, I'll be cheering from afar! Enjoy the time with friends!

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    1. Thanks, Stacey! I'm sad you won't be there, but we will meet eventually! :)

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  2. Try to enjoy the experience:) You will be back before you know it!

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  3. You will continue to be amazing! I know it. Just a minor setback. That is all.

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  4. It is so hard to go through a running set back, but always something to learn in the process. And I'm SO glad you're running again... you'll get your speed back before you know it!

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  5. Hang in there! You have a BIG goal this year and you know you want to be healthy for that so taking the time off now will only benefit you later. I know it's hard! I honestly think you will come back stronger for taking this break. Patience, Grasshopper. ;) <3

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  6. I think your feelings of impatience and wondering if you'll ever get back to where you were are totally normal. You will. Believe it. Now go have a great race!

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  7. patience is tough, I was out of running for nearly 8 months. It's been a long road back for me and even now I need to remind myself to be nicer to myself!

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  8. It will be so worth it!!!! Your strong and will come back easily!!

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  9. Oh it sounds so tough to be patient! But you can do this! :-) It will be worth it in the end to heal correctly!

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  10. You are COMPLETELY entitled to pity parties! Recognizing how you feel is part of the healing process. You will come back stronger and smarter than ever!

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  11. I completely understand where you're at! I remember feeling the same way during injuries, but I only came back stronger. You will too!

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  12. I've been through a few injuries. They absolutely suck. But KNOW that you can come back to where you were. Absolutely. It won't happen over night, but it won't be like when you first started running. Hang in there girl. :)

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  13. This injury will pass. It's so frustrating, but do what you can to focus on what you *can* do instead of can't.

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  14. Be patient so you can come back healthy. I know it is hard, I am currently off running too, but we can do this.

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  15. I can completely relate. Coming back from hip surgery and haven't run sine Dec. 12th. Going crazy and also feel like I will never get back to where I was. However, I get to start running again next week!!! Here is to things looking up after being injured!! Good luck!

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  16. You will be back to yourself in no time friend!! I know injuries suck, but I think you'll be surprised at how quickly things get better!

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