The first rule of running rehab is: you don’t talk about running rehab.
Oh wait… Wrong club.
I went out for a tentative run this morning, after walking two of the three running days last week. I won’t say I’m 100% better, but my leg didn’t start acting up. So I’m feeling mostly confident.
As I ran, I thought about how I was going to handle this setback, and I came up with the following guidelines for myself. Feel free to add any suggestions I may’ve missed out on:
1. Distance isn’t important — I’m not going to worry about minimum distance while I’m doing this. Although it’s going to be hard to convince myself of this.
2. Stop running before I hurt — It’s pointless to push myself into further/another injury.
3. Walking is not defeat — I am stubbornly (and somewhat hypocritically) convinced that if I have to stop to walk, I’m not doing it right. But like the mental struggle stretch in the park, I’m going to have to get over this block, especially since I’ve given this advice to someone else… who will have absolutely no problems pointing out my hypocrisy because she’s that sort of friend. Which seems like a long rule, but mostly it’s just the first part.
4. There’s no real timeline — But I hope to be back to fighting fit by the end of September. If I can run my 3.5/5K route at an 11-ish minute pace by the end of September with no unusual leg twitch/muscle pain, I’ll consider myself ready to return.
Today, I just ran around the neighborhood. Nothing too special. I ran what felt comfortable, so I’m pleased with the pace I managed. And I quit before I started to hurt, though I struggled with quitting so close to 2 miles. (See I’m already struggling with the rules I hadn’t even written down at the time).
11:19 avg pace