Starting from Scratch

As I’m sure you’re aware if you’ve been reading this blog for a hot minute, I injured myself rather severely at the end of 2016. It was a totally shit time, and honestly I appreciate all the kind word I’ve received on here. Nonetheless there are two pieces of advice that really stuck with me.

There’s a future you six months from now looking back at this blog post and remembering how you feel. And that future you is just fine and killing it at running Fed @ Feddybear

If you’re going to have to relearn to run, at least you have the chance to relearn good habits along with it. Hanna @ The Minimalist Marathoner

Let’s look at these in more detail.

The first is a call to action. It got me off my butt and motivated to do my physiotherapy exercises, which at that stage consisted of standing on two feet. (That’s how screwed I was). It made me think of the long game, and think forward to sometime in 2017 when I would be Back, when I would be A Runner again. And it gave me hope and inspiration to carry on during one of the hardest periods in my life.

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As for the second, it made me think of all the things I could be doing to make my eventual comeback that more successful. It’s come into play in the past few weeks as I’ve been back in the gym. I’ve been able to up my cardio, which I’m hoping I can translate into a good level of fitness, and moreover I’ve placed more emphasis recently on strength training and building power in my muscles. Then comes the final part, which is rest and recovery. Hannah pointed out that this was an opportunity to do it right and un-learn all those bad habits we runners pick up on the way.

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So my question is … how would you start from scratch if you could? And how do you do things that your future self will thank you for?

Seriously, help a girl out! I want to make sure I only make one comeback, and I want to have at least a season free from injury.

This is a call for help- but also, a thank you for everyone who sent me their kind thoughts over the past few months!

Lots of love,

Pippa

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15 thoughts on “Starting from Scratch

  1. The balance between pushing and resting is so ridiculously delicate when it comes to running! Push too hard and you’re hurt. You don’t push hard enough and you feel like you’ve shortchanged yourself. I always had a tough time with that.

    You can push a recovery harder on a bike.

    That said, I don’t know as there’s a magic bullet for you. Push hard but not too hard, yeah? Sadly you can’t put a bullseye on that.

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  2. I would say focus on strengthening your body so that it can do what you ask of it. For me that means exercises to build strength in all areas of my body so that I don’t loose running form as I get tired and start to compensate. It also means stretching and looking after the muscles when they have worked hard, allowing them to recover. Self love. Look after your body and it will look after you. Xx

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  3. Wow, I’m touched you remembered my words 🙂 I’m glad I was able to help in some way. I’ll avoid offering anymore advice as I’m likely to say something dumb like “Good luck – break a leg!” or something 😛 Good luck on the road ahead 🙂

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  4. Yoga and Pilates. Awesome ways to strengthen your core and all the supporting muscles you’ll need for running. No impact. Glad to see you’re making a comeback!

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  5. Aww thanks for the shoutout! It comes at a good time because I’m finding myself needing to remember my own advice. I haven’t been able to run consistently this entire year, so I feel like I am now starting from scratch in a way. My most important thing for starting over is taking all of my runs really, really easy for at least a month. I need to rebuild my aerobic base and get comfortable with frequent running again before I can get my speed back. Not only that, but keeping the runs easy and short lessens the risk of injury and overtraining. It’s not always fun to go out there and plod along at humbling paces, but sometimes it’s kinda nice to just go out and enjoy a pressure-free run without worrying about how fast or fit I am.

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  6. Hi Pippa!
    I am so sorry about your injury. I have concluded through time and painful experience that 2 of the most humbling experiences are being out of shape and being overweight. In these times I have had a chance to learn who my true friends were. It is frustrating when you look back on who you once were and all the things you used to be capable of before the injury.
    I love you fresh perspective of starting from scratch. You are also wise to rest and give your body the time and space it needs to heal and recover. Use this time to nourish and nurture yourself and accept your whole self exactly the way that you are right Here and NOW. It is exciting that you have been able to start building strength again. Continue to do so and use whatever extra time you have to grow your brain and educate yourself on training. It sounds like you are on the right track!
    Happy Healing! I am sending you big hugs!!!

    ❤ Alana Xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you for your wise words! I will definitely focus on strength training as I know it will make me a stronger runner in the long run. As for the whole self acceptance thing, I think it’s tricky because running has become such a huge part of my identity, and I feel a bit incomplete without it. Still working on it though!

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    2. Thank you for your wise words! I will definitely focus on strength training as I know it will make me a stronger runner in the long run. As for the whole self acceptance thing, I think it’s tricky because running has become such a huge part of my identity, and I feel a bit incomplete without it. Still working on it though!

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  7. Oh man, I’m sorry you’ve been injured!
    As for advice for starting from scratch… strength training! Make sure your core and all those stabilizer muscles are nice and strong so you are less likely to get injured again in the future!

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    1. I was really good at doing yoga when I first got injured, although I must admit I’ve been slacking recently! It’s so great for strengthening all those little stabilizing muscles that help you become a much more resilient runner. Love it!

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