Or should I say off the couch (again)? Actually, it’s a bed, in my case, since we don’t have a couch.
I had recently restarted the Couch to 5K (C25K) program again when I had injured myself. What was supposed to be just a fun run turned in to a painful, limping walk home.
The following days were worse. I couldn’t even go out for my regular walks without shooting pain from my hip all the way down my leg.
What’s an injured girl supposed to do?
That’s right. Rest.
If anything from my previous experience, rest is key. This is coming from the girl who’s sprained her right ankle twice in the last two years, both incidents unrelated to running.
I knew that trying to push myself to keep going or trying to get out there soon then I should just keep me out of the game for longer. While I wasn’t happy about the set back to my training plan, it was necessary.
And I’m happy to say that after weeks of babying my hip, I think my body is ready to get back into running again.
I’ve decided not to start back at the complete beginning of the C25K program, but rather restart with week 2 of the program even though I had made it almost through week 3 when I had gotten injured.
Week 2 has run/walk intervals of 90 seconds jogging and 2 minutes walking for 20 minutes total.
I felt a bit disappointed in myself that I needed to restart the program yet again. However, I wanted to see if I actually needed to start from Day 1 again or if I could pull off starting closer to where I left off before I was injured.
Week 2 Day 2 run was a success and it definitely felt good to get back out there. It definitely was a challenge with the heat, but it wasn’t overly hard. While I think I could’ve probably started back where I left off on Week 3, it was necessary to test out the waters with my hip before I committed to longer run periods.
- Run slow – It’s not a race when you’re starting to run again. Take it easy and slow down. It’s more about time.
- Trust the process – Not everything has to be accomplished now. You don’t get extra brownie points for doing extra when you’re starting from zero. You need to take the time to build up strength progressively.
- Rest when you need rest – Most importantly, take time to rest. Your body needs it; it will thank you later.