I am really starting pretty much from square one with running. I don’t have much of a base right now besides a few miles every here and there. After looking at my not so stellar year last year where I battled IT band issues for the majority of the year, I know I don’t want to deal with that again this year. I really want to add mileage on the safe way, which means slow and steady.
This means when I run lately, I’m running 2-4 miles 2-3 times a week. I’m also foam rolling in precaution for injuries and trying to strengthen my legs for training again at the gym. It’s not bad to be starting over, but it’s pretty humbling when I was running 6-8 miles pretty consistently and now I’m catching my breath on my shorter runs. It’s not like I took time off for any other reason other than I don’t have the time to run like I used to, but it’s hard for me not to push my body and just think, oh I can go out and run 6 miles no big deal. Then I end up come home gimping around and injuring myself. It’s not worth it. It pretty much made my running last year minimal and even when walking I was struggling with IT band pain.
I know over time I will be able to build my mileage and will safely be able to run the miles I was at before getting injured, but it’s hard being patient and waiting for my legs to get used to the miles again. I know this is the way to go, and I don’t want to be injured again, so it’s just sticking to shorter miles to make sure that my training is going okay and no injuries are on my horizon.
I ran 2 miles yesterday morning, and it was great. Tonight after work I’m going for another 2 mile run as well with a co-worker. I’m just glad that I have the opportunity to run and I need to remember that even when I’m feeling like I will never get my miles back up. I will, it just takes time!