Getting Back on Track

I have always known how difficult it would be to run again after months and years of no running, but I never realized it would be this hard. 

I stopped running completely in 2010 because my lower back injury was getting worse. After years of seeking treatment, I finally felt better enough last year to run again. I’d always told myself I would go back in training, but despite weeks and months passing by, I never managed to get back on track.

Now it’s 2013. I know how cliché-ish it is to make a New Year’s Resolution, so I will just state it this way: I will start running again, I will train for my second marathon, and I will run my second marathon this year.

And you know what, I’m already starting to make that come true. I ran today, my first for 2013, and even though it was only around 2km, I felt good finishing it without stopping. Yes, I know it’s pathetic. I’ve ran a full 42km before, where I only stopped to walk after 30km, and now I’m celebrating 2km?

Well, the hard truth is that once you stop running a long time, you really have to go back to square one. And square one for me is 2km. I know I can do better, as long as I do it regularly.

I’m finally getting back on track, and for me, today, 2km is fine.

Comments

  1. says

    Congrats! <br /><br />I have recently been wanting to run again. I ran track and cross country in high school. I loved cross country, but not track as much. Anyway…I&#39;m rooting for you and will think of you as I begin my running journey.

  2. says

    @ A. James: It&#39;s not easy to go back to running after a long hiatus, but I am getting there. Thanks for the encouraging message and good luck in beginning your own running journey. I love long distance running too, rather than track.

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