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.
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.
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,