Last weekend I completed what I would call my first ‘long run’ since injuring myself a year ago. My last run over 10km was at the New York Marathon on the 3rd November 2013. Since then I’ve been to countless physio and osteo appointments, and attempted a few short runs here and there to test my back.
I’m attempting to train for the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October so I needed to start upping my mileage. On Sunday I set out to do 7 miles, I knew it wouldn’t be easy.
Below are my tips for getting through a long run post-injury:
– Realise that you aren’t the runner you were pre-injury, but that’s not to say you can’t get back to that point.
– Know that it’s OK to stop. I think I stopped over 6 times in total on my run. I cheated and paused my Nike +, but I needed to stop at certain points to stretch my back and have a quick breather.
– When faced with a big hill no one is going to judge you if you walk up it.
My pace was slow! The slowest I’ve ever run, but on the bright side I had negative splits! Woohoo (every cloud…)
– Ignore the speedy people runneing past you. Lucky them they aren’t injured, deal with it.
– Remember why you run.
– Imagine how you will feel when you finish. You’ll never regret a workout.