Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I'm ba-ack!

After about three months completely void of running, I'm back! On Saturday, I laced up the brand new pair of Asics GT-2000 I had ordered way back in March to transition back into, and I got ready for my run.

I felt two things as I was going through this process. First of all, I was incredibly nervous. I was just doing two miles (which I know is a lot for many people, but after the mileage I had been keeping didn't feel like as much to me), but I felt like I was heading out on a twenty miler. I was nervous that my foot was going to hurt, as I'd been having tingles and twinges in my heel at different times. There had never been pains, but I guess when your bone is growing back you feel random things sometimes. I was also nervous about how my time of from running had impacted my running fitness. I had worked so hard after coming back from six weeks off for surgery in August that I was nervous it would be equally as hard, even though I've been remaining very athletic during that time period.
In addition to the feeling of nervousness, I also felt excitement! I was finally going to be back to running! Running is what got me living a fit lifestyle in the first place, and going through the week without it felt odd. I was also excited to remember that getting ready for a run takes a lot less time and gear than cycling. I strapped on my Garmin and shoes and ran out the door. There were no bottles to fill or tires to pump air into or helmet to locate.

I walked for a few minutes to make sure I was ready. And then, when I reached the point I had determined, I started running! And the heavens didn't open up and the bikers that passed me didn't know I hadn't run in three months; it was just the same as it has always been. And it was perfect!

Yes, it was hot, but I didn't mind it.
I started out a little faster than I had planned.
I forced myself to remain over 10 minute miles to make sure I didn't do any damage.
That's why I wore my Garmin.
Nothing hurt.
Muscles that I hadn't used in a while woke up.
I turned and headed back for home.
It got a little harder the last half mile.
I no longer had to hold back to be over 10 minute miles. That's just where I was.
And then the Garmin dinged two miles and I walked again.
I had done it!

I was worried I'd be sore or have pain afterwards, but I didn't. I'm still going to be careful going forward and slowly build mileage back, but this gateway get back into it run felt perfect. I literally don't think it could have gone better.

And that's where I am! I'm starting a training plan this week or next for my next goal race in October. I'll tell you about that this week. My next marathon will be Jacksonville Bank. And I'll run a couple more times this week! 


Jamie said...

Hooray!!! Having recently come back from a calf tear, I can totally feel your nervous excitement and joy!
I don't know you, but I know injury and all of the "suck" that comes along with it. So happy for you!

Tori @ In Love and Peanut Butter said...

Yay! So happy you had a successful, pain-free and enjoyable first run back!!

Shauna said...

YAAAAAAAAAY! I'm recovering from Posterior Tibial Tendonitis but by running conservatively and carefully just like you did, I've already PR'd in a 5k and completed my first tri. And last weekend, ran nearly 8 miles pain free! Just keep curbing the impulse to push yourself. You'll know when it's time. :D

Lora (Daily Southern Sunshine) said...

HUZZAH! I'm so happy for you!! I can't wait until my car injuries are healed up and I can run run run again, too! :) ENJOY IT!!

Meg said...

Hooray! Welcome back :)

Heather @ From Here to There said...

That is so wonderful!! I'm so happy and excited for you. Glad to have you back in the running world! :)

B.o.B. said...

Yesssssss! Can't wait to run with you!

Meghan said...

So excited for you, girl! You can only go up from here!

Katie said...

Yay!! Glad you're finally able to run again!

The Unlikely Runner said...

So glad you were able to run pain free!!! It's nice to know that your body has healed and you can return to something you love. Excited to hear about your running plans! :)

Allie said...

This is very exciting! I'm happy to hear your run went well! I'm looking forward to reading about how you are going to incorporate running, biking, and swimming into your weekly workouts.

Jill Barnes said...

YEA! SO glad you were able to get out there after three months and get back to it! I look forward to following you as you start training for your next marathon. :)

Kat @ Sneakers and Fingerpaints said...

Very exciting Meghan - nice job getting back out there and enjoying it!

Anonymous said...

Yay!! I'm so glad to hear that it went well!! Can't wait to read about your marathon training :)

Kristin @ A Mom on the Run said...

Oops, I forgot to enter my name, email, and all.. that last comment was from me :)

Alison said...

Welcome back!! As a physical therapist I love hearing stories about returning to sport! Keep it up.

Amy @ A Glimpse of the Gouglers said...

YAYYY!!! This is fantastic news! I am super excited for you!

kilax said...

Yay! What a great run back! I totally get your nervousness. I have had some crazy stress fractures and remember how jazzed and scared I was to try to run 1/2 a mile!

Kristen :) said...

Glad to have you back :)

Lauren said...

Sooo excited for you girl!!!!! :-)

Jenny said...

Such great news!! So happy for you!

Beka said...

GREAT news :) And I'm excited for you other "news" too!!!!

Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

That is awesome! So glad you felt good and had no pain. You did an awesome job resting and cross training, you deserve smooth sailing as you get back to running!

Kelly said...

Yay yay yay!! Happy for you :-)

Every time I go out for a walk, I think "Maaaaaaybe I could run a bit, right Kelly?" and then I start and want to pee my pants. LOL. Ohhhh pregnancy ;-)

I guess I'll just have to wait until next Spring!

Rick Stiles said...

Meghan - We've never met, but I've been following along with your blogs. I wanted to say I am incredibly proud of you! Your positive spirit all through your recuperation, your diligence in finding ways to work out despite your injury, your new romance with cycling and swimming - all these show you are an amazing person! And thanks for sharing so much in your blog!! Hope I get the chance to meet you during the WDW Marathon Weekend.

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