If you have been following this blog over the years, you’ll know that I have been running for almost 10 years now. It was a form of stress relief that quickly turned into a fun hobby that turned into a mild addiction. Running has been my replacement for therapy when times got tough, and my excuse to travel for destination races.
Fast forward 6 months later and I am still working on healing this injury. It’s now a persistent ache that can cause me to limp and as I build up my mileage again, and I have come to realize that perhaps long distance running probably isn’t for me. This is not my first rodeo in running injuries and I have now * cough* finally *cough* come to understand a few things when developing a work out plan for my body.
- Confusion is Key- if I focus on running along, I tend to over-train to the point of injury. No matter how hard I try to be diligent about my mileage increase, my body hits a point of overload and injury (almost always) follows. This will mean that I will probably stick to the 10k races (at most) and continue with CrossFit and cycling but then again, I may squeeze in one last hurrah!
- Overtraining is as unhealthy as doing nothing- While the jury is still out (I have another functional medicine appointment soon) my long distance training for so many years may have led to adrenal fatigue on my body. That’s not to say that training was the only factor on my adrenal crash, but I’m sure it added to the level of cortisol in my body to eventually wear me out. A balance of exercise and rest is the healthiest approach rather than seeing how many miles I could log in a week.
- Do something you enjoy- While going out for a 3 mile run in the morning is still one of my favorite ways to start the day, I no longer enjoy running for 8 miles and coming home to ice/nap later. As my life continues to shift, and children are running around our home, I anticipate this time to myself will become shorter and shorter and 8 miles would not be realistic anyway. If I mix up my training schedule to something I look forward to, I will no longer feel like exercise is a chore- it will become fun again.
Question of the day: How have you evolved with your training over time? And if you were injured- what did you to begin the healing process?