This is victory

So it’s December all of a sudden! And I couldn’t have started it better.

If you’re here from the Weekend Coffee Share (it isn’t Friday yet but I’m going to link this post there), you’ll recognise the domain name, and yes, it’s me here again! I reopened this blog because after my knee injury, I ended up writing a lot about training, fitness and running, and wanted to do more of it but didn’t want to do it on the photography blog. So welcome back, and I hope it’ll be less about injuries from now on! (And the photography blog will keep going, by the way)

Some of you know I started running in late September but was too ambitious and ended up with knee tendonitis. I believe this was at least partly what triggered me to ramp up my training. I was pissed off and decided that “what the ****, I’ll get back, I’ll work harder in the gym to get strong, and I WILL get back to running.” I’ve had loads of support from my PT with physiotherapy exercises, both in the gym and to do at home, and continued regular strength training for the less dysfunctional body parts.

As soon as I had finished my exams, I booked in another training session each week. So since last week I do strength training with my PT twice a week, and will continue to do some lighter training at home on non-gym days, plus walking.

But also…

Remember when this kind of photo was a thing? 😀

This morning I went for a run. It feels like a big victory!

I was never interested in running as an exercise form before. I tried like 15 years ago but it was awful, I lost my breath to soon, got stomach pain, leg cramps and whatnot. But after doing strength training for some month, my husband started running in the late spring. And when I realised my training in the gym had started giving some results (not only to my appearance, but also that my overall condition was better), I decided to try running, and I absolutely loved it. It was so refreshing, energising, helped me clear my head and destress, and was such a wonderful start of the day. When I was stopped by the tendonitis, I knew I wanted to come back to it.

When I finished my graphic design course I decided to go for a walk every day, but I’ve been slacking with it, mostly because of the weather (Atlantic Ocean, I don’t always love you!). Then last night we saw a documentary about the Mont Blanc ultramarathon. And my legs were itching to run! So I decided to go for a walk in the morning, and MAYBE try to run a little. And I did.

I went very carefully, ridiculously slowly, following my PT’s advice on getting started again. And it felt good. I did short distances of 12-20 steps and mixed with walking. Then I ran some longer bits, but listening to my body all the time, if I felt any strain around the knees I stopped and walked. I actually didn’t expect it to work so well! Now I’ll do this 1-2 times a week, very carefully, and see how it goes.

I’m certainly making progress and it makes me happy!

This post is linked with Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share.

I’ll also be brave and join a fitness/running link-up I discovered just recently, with a group of bloggers who have absolutely no clue who I am. But that’s how you make new blogging friends, right? So I’m also joining the Fit Five Friday linkup with My first 5K and more, Running with attitude, Run laugh eat pie, Runs with pugs, and Zenaida.


42 responses to “This is victory”

  1. Dinah Federer avatar

    Congratulations! And lovely to see you again. It’s been a while. I just recently returned to the coffee share too. I will also be linking my post from today to the weekend. Coffee share! Great minds think alike! Wishing you ease and grace in your continued recovery process.💜

    1. Susanne avatar

      Hi Dinah, it’s good to see you again! I saw your name on my subscriber list and was curious about bow you knew I was writing here again, were you following my RSS? Thanks for your well-wishes!

  2. Retirement Reflections avatar

    What a wonderful way to start December! Congratulations!!

    1. Susanne avatar

      It is indeed! Thank you!

  3. Jenny avatar

    YAY!!!!! That first run back always feels amazing. Using walk-run intervals to come back from an injury is perfect. I’ll be interested to hear what you’re doing in the gym. I’ve just recently gone back to the gym but haven’t really come up with a training plan yet. Welcome to the linkup! (I didn’t actually link with Fit Five Friday today, but another link with mostly the same people, also a monthly coffee date.)

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you! It was such a lovely experience to get out there again and that it actually worked! I expected to get some pain, but didn’t at all, just some strain at the end. I need to go very carefully but will do it twice weekly now, if all goes well, with the same approach.
      I think setting up a good training plan is quite difficult. I get varied programs each week, always some kind of full-body programs but usually with some focus area, like this Tuesday I did a lot of shoulder/chest work and other times it can be legs and back/core. I usually get 2 leg exercises, like squats, lunges or deadlifts (and when my knee was bad he gave me some other, knee-friendly exercises that still would train the same muscles), then chest with chest press (either with barbell or dumbbells) or flyes or both, sometimes push-ups, then shoulders and back such as dumbbell row, good mornings, stand-up row with barbell, and various shoulder and tricep exercises. It seems that now that I do two sessions a week I’ll get one heavy lifting session and the other one mixed lifting with mat exercises (glute bridges, parachute and the likes). My program is always depending on how I’ve been doing, my weaknesses and problem areas – for example I get certain exercises for shoulders and triceps because I have dysfunctional shoulder muscles and problems around my elbows that used to affect my ability to play the guitar, this is one of the main reasons I came to him to begin with. And now with the knee problems triggered by running, I get exercises to strengthen and stabilise glutes, core, hips etc.
      I hope you can figure out what works for you.

      1. Jenny avatar

        Thank you Susanne! It does seem complicated- but I get the gist of what you’re saying. It would be nice to have someone writing a program for me. At some point I’ll probably have to find a good trainer.

        1. Susanne avatar

          If that helps, I could take notice of everything I do on Tuesday, and write it down for you so you can use that as a base? And then you can add in whatever more you want to do.

  4. scribble and scran avatar

    Brilliant! Well done

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you! 🙂

  5. Joanne avatar

    Oh congratulations!! I bet that felt great and I hope your recovery continues to go well.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Oh, it was fantastic, Joanne! I still feel some strain around the knees now and then but nothing concerning, I just need to keep moving, keep training, and go carefully with the running.

  6. Writing Sparkle avatar

    Good for you on your running accomplishment, Susanne. I miss running but my hip, no matter how much I try to strengthen it, just can’t handle the impact. Now I live through running posts like yours. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Susanne avatar

      I’m so sorry to hear about your hip! That must be sad if you love running. But some things are just for us to accept. I hope I’ll be able to continue doing this, but with the training I’m doing, I’m hopeful.

  7. Michelle avatar

    Hi Susanne! Thanks for joining the Fit Five Friday link-up – always great to have new faces 🙂 Best of luck with your recovery!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Michelle! It’s always good to connect with new people and now especially in the running & fitness world. 😀

  8. Anne Fraser avatar

    Well done on getting back to training and blogging

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you! 😊

  9. Marsha Ingrao avatar

    Congratulations on getting back to running. It feels so good to get back to something you love.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks Marsha, it feels great! Hope you’re having a good weekend.

  10. Natalie avatar

    Susanne, Congratulations on getting back to running and joining a fitness/ running blog linkup. Keep up your good work. I used to participate in 5K running races. It was great fun. Thank you for your weekend coffee share.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Natalie! How nice that you’ve done 5k races! I hope we can do something like that eventually.

  11. Kimberly Hatting avatar

    I remember you!! Glad to see your blog again 😉 I think you’re doing yourself (and the sport of running) a huge favor in easing back. It’s SOOO tempting to jump right back in, following injury or time off, and that almost always leads to frustration, more stress and repeated injuries. Go YOU!!!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Good to see you here, Kim! Yes, I was over commenting on your blog recently, I don’t think my blog was open yet then. Thanks for the encouragement, I’ll be extremely careful for a while, I really want to be able to continue this now.

  12. trent avatar

    Glad the injury is clearing up with your PT! I do love to run and would have a hard time if forced to stop. Cool that you are starting to run again, even if a few steps at a time at a slow pace. Have to start somewhere, and mush better to be careful than hurt yourself again.
    Anyway, I’ll try to click around your blogs later and see what all I’ve missed since I last saw you.
    Have a great weekend!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Oh, I’m so happy to be back on track! Now I’ll be extremely careful so that I will be able to keep going.
      There isn’t much news on my blogs lately actually. I only have this one and the photography blog (music stuff will be on this one), and after I finished my course I haven’t done much blogging at all, if any. But I’ll get back with that too, and will definitely be out with the camera again soon.
      Hope you’re enjoying the weekend too!

  13. Janet Alcorn avatar

    Congrats on your first post-injury run! And please tell me the secret to loving running. I’ve been doing it off and on for about 3 years now (along with strength training and regular walking) and I’m still at the out-of-breath-too-quickly, this-feels-terrible stage. Running helps my overall fitness better than any other exercise I’ve tried, but I HATE it.

    1. Susanne avatar

      I hear you about hating running, Janet. My only secret was to do heavy enough strength training, which improved my cardio fitness and made running more doable. I probably wouldn’t have come to that alone, but with my PT I lift heavier than I probably would have done otherwise and some of those exercises get me out of breath just like a good run! Good strength training also requires the body to pump oxygen just like running or similar, so it does help with cardio fitness.
      Then, when it wasn’t as painful to run as it used to be, I discovered the beauty with it, how it improved my mood and general mental wellbeing. For now I think I want to run mainly for the mental benefits! I’m sorry I can’t be of more help. 🙁

  14. Leanne Le Cras avatar

    Such great news Susanne – and it shows that all the hard work you’ve been putting in is paying off. I’ve never been a runner – probably because I’ve never had the physical fitness level for it to be any more than a miserable time. I’m enjoying resuming my walking though and I can imagine how happy you are to be truly mobile again.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Isn’t it wonderful to be active again!? I’m so happy for you that you’re out walking again. I know what you mean about running being miserable, I’m on the limit with my fitness level for it to be honest, but with the very slow and careful running I do now, it’s fine. Ramping it up slowly from that should work well. Except the elephant in the room – the weather. My plan is to go for a run tomorrow again and it will be like 4 degrees! 🤪

  15. Jenn avatar

    Welcome back! I wish you the best and hope to see so much more! It sounds like lots of great things are happening for you, so let’s keep that momentum going!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Hi Jenn! Yes, lots of good things are happening here when it comes to the world of fitness… I’ll be back linking with you. I’m quite sure I posted a comment on your blog, I wonder if it ended up in spam? Although it was nothing of interest, I mostly applauded your hot cocoa corner!

  16. Kathleen Howell avatar

    Such great news.. That has to feel amazing.. Way to go!

    1. Susanne avatar

      It was fantastic, Kathleen. I’ll do it tomorrow again. I hope your recovery is going well!

  17. Julie avatar

    Congrats on your post-injury run! The only time I was into running was when a lot of my friends were into doing marathons. I thought maybe I should try it. When I was training, I noticed it helped my lower back pain. I work in an office so I spend a lot of my days sitting. I don’t run as much as I use to, I do other exercises like hiking and yoga or running after my kid (haha).

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you Julie! I also had lower back pain now and then, especially if I’ve been sitting too much, especially when I had the injury and just after I got better. Moving helped a lot, and strength training helped A LOT.
      Hiking is a good activity, and yoga too – I’m going to try some yoga for better mobility.

  18. Kirstin avatar

    Congratulations. Sometimes the recovery is so slow…I’ve never had surgery, but my oldest daughter had ACL surgery and she rocked her recovery. it was hard at times because she felt like she could do more, but listened to the PT. She’s had no issues since. I see people who’ve had knee replacements and some do awesome and then some just seem to struggle and I often wonder if a big key is how they approach their recovery and PT

    1. Susanne avatar

      Ouch! My injury was only minor, but in the beginning I wasn’t sure because I had so much pain. It can be hard to not do too much! I’m very careful with the running, but it’s going well so far so I’m going to stay at this level for a while. For now it’s too cold to go out running anyway!

  19. Zenaida Arroyo avatar

    Thanks for joining the linkup! Also, congrats on getting back to running. Soon you will be running consistently and doing races too!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you! Oh, that would be wonderful!! 🙂

  20. Anne avatar

    You already know how happy I am that YOU have found your happy. Movement = life. And, new shoes, that fit correctly, and work with your foot type and stride, are immensely valuable. I’m glad you took the time to do that. I’m even happier that you just decided to DO IT one day…and it worked! 🙂

    1. Susanne avatar

      Movement=life is a wonderful statement!
      Actually my shoes are slightly too large. I didn’t realise it until I started going for really long walks. But they’re definitely made for my foot type. I have no problems when I run, only when I walk. I found some special socks with double layers and some special coating to prevent blisters so I’ll see if they work.

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