Thanks to Kohl’s and Fitfluential for sponsoring this post.
A couple of weeks ago, I headed out the door to “run”. While I longed to take off and quickly slip into an easy stride, I had to consciously hold myself back, concentrating intently on running form cues a coach recently gave me — maintain a tall torso, open up through my hip flexors, and land my feet softly and quickly directly under my center of gravity.
There was nothing easy or unconscious about this effort at all. I ran for 10 minutes, walked for 5, ran for 10 minutes, walked for 5, ran for 5 minutes, and walked for 10.
Somewhere within that span of time, I found an effortless ease. It may have lasted 1 minute or it may have lasted a 10-minute stretch. Either way, it was the first time in a really long time that I felt like myself — ME inhabiting my own body.
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It’s been a long year — a long year of injury and recovery and injury and recovery. (Thanks shoulder and Achilles!)
The second half of the year, in particular, has been hard and has been missing the sense of joy that I was intent on finding more of in 2015.
When I dug a little deeper, I realized that joy is very much tied to how I feel about myself — if I’m comfortable in my own skin. I’ve also realized that so much of how I identify myself and reconnect with myself is through running, yoga and frankly, just being able to move. For most of the year, I haven’t been able to run or practice yoga in the way that I want to. Without it, I feel very disjointed and disconnected.
But it feels like maybe my body is finally (just maybe?) ready to make a comeback to running (although I’m loathe to actually say it out loud for fear of jinxing myself. Oh well.).
As part of Kohl’s #MakeYourMove Campaign, I’m ready to find the joy in running again. While injury can be a real pain, it’s also a pretty humbling teacher and it’s taught me to appreciate every step I can take.
I’m determined to make a strong comeback to running and not fall into the trap of pushing too much too soon. I’ve even drawn up a little pledge to hold myself accountable.
A Runner’s Pledge: Injury Prevention for Runners
- I will be a well-rounded runner. I will not just run, run and run.
- I will not rush my way back to running.
- I will be patient with my recovery.
- I will build my recovery slowly.
- I will incorporate regular lower body and upper body strength training into my schedule.
- I will incorporate core training into my schedule.
- I will foam roll and do yoga regularly, even if that’s only 5-10 minutes.
- I will not jump the gun and immediately sign up for a race once I can run 3 miles pain-free.
- I will listen to my body.
- I will take a rest day (or three) when I feel hear my body telling me it needs a break.
- I will not freak out at every little ache and pain (Fear of re-injury much?).
- I will leave my GPS watch at home and focus on running for time, by feel or by heart rate.
- I will continue to work on my running form.
- I will not tie my self-worth to running. I am more than just someone who runs.
- I will get more sleep.
- I will remember these lessons from injury.
Whether you’re injured or not, won’t you join me in pledging to #MakeYourMove and be a well-rounded runner this off-season?
Other posts in this series:
- Are you ready to make your move?
- Hiking with Kids: 9 Tips to Make Hiking Fun for the Whole Family
- Family Meals Made Fun: Tips for Cooking With Kids
- 8 Stress-Busting Tips for Busy and Hectic Times
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