I wandered into uncharted territories on Good Friday. Since my last "long run" was the Detroit Half in 2015, I have been adamant and still am about running 5k. Numerous reasons why but the most important one is, my spine is no longer able to take the loading or pounding for longer distances and to be able to actually walk in the future - 5k makes me VERY happy. However, back to Friday - I went for a run - in between my baking and cooking, lost track of the distance and ended up with 6k. I couldn't believe what I read on my watch. I started out slow and rough, I didn't think I was going to make the block. Then I felt my stride and rhythm fall into place and it was a beauty day, off I went. I had to stretch out my spine when home but felt pretty good and no stiffness for Saturday's run of 4.5km and a hard intense workout. Today I got out again and ran another 6. Now, it's rest for the next 2 days and back down to my easier distance. The reason why I am telling you this is because we have such preconceived ideas of where we should be after coming off an injury and put ourselves back to that same spot. 2 years I worked on rebuilding my base, strength and attempting a race. Yes, I have had setbacks but I always take the time to heal. Walking was such a huge part of me as well as building and modifying my workouts. Don't be afraid to start at the beginning. Don't be afraid to answer that question or funny look on that persons face when you answer that question of why you are where you are. Don't be afraid to not even dignify the question and turn it around to how they are doing. Don't be afraid to LOVE and relearn to ENJOY, running. IF you know, it is not in the cards, don't stop, just switch to walking. Dennis has done that. He cannot run anymore as his knees have had enough, so he walks, with us. He would love more company, so come out and walk and maybe with someone beside you, you WILL love it again.
Have you signed up on raceroster.com for our 6 local races? What are you waiting for. Many of them, the price jump is right around the corner.
Enjoy the rest of this holiday time with your friends and family. yES, we are running Monday at 6pm