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.
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.