Post-Injury Running: How I’m Screwing It Up

OK, OK. I’ve held off long enough. It’s about time for some running talk up in herrrrre!

So. Yes, I have been running, and aside from the usual anxiety I have about every single aspect of my life running post-injury, it’s been going remarkably well.

{knock on wood}

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I do have my eye on a marathon somewhere out there in the next few months, but I haven’t registered or fully committed or even really been training specifically to that end, so we’re not going to talk about that just yet, because of my obvious superstition that talking about it will jinx me.

Over the last 12 days, I’ve run exactly 7 times.

Over the last 12 days, I’ve run exactly 7 times without pain.



So, yes. Victory is mine!

I think.

I’ve been trying to keep my pace around 9 minute miles, but I tend to get a little carried away. After my 6 week ridiculously long hiatus, I’m so pumped to be running again that every single time I hit the pavement, I’m all, “I’m flyyyyyyinggggg!!! My feet shoot rainbows! I want to run foreverrrrrrrr!!!” Which results in paces a little faster than they should be. Like my inaugural 10 miler last Saturday with Corey, which looked like this:

10 mile stats

That’d be 8:37 pace. And I probably would have run it faster if I were alone because I’m stupid like that.

Is there any reason I need to be running fast right now? Nope. The goal should be to simply get out and run, not to run like a bat out of hell.

Then, yesterday, I decided it was time for a tempo run.

{noticing a theme here???}

It went like this: 6 miles total with 4 miles at tempo pace 7:41.

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In retrospect, maybe not so smart. But it didn’t hurt, so that’s definitely a good sign. Still, I know I need to cool it, or I’m going to re-injure myself, and that just won’t do. I’m still going to run, but I’ll be making every effort to slow myself down. This morning, I did just over 4 miles around 8:50 pace–not ideal, but better. And I have a hot date with my foam roller later today, followed by some yoga tomorrow, which I’m thinking my hip/back will like very much. No, it doesn’t hurt, but it feels a little off. I’m sure that tempo run has everything to do with it, too.

Feel free to lecture me, but I obviously know what I’m doing wrong, and I’m starting my twelve step program now.

I will learn my lesson


I really REALLY want to stay injury free, and I know I can if I take it easy. The thing is, I also really REALLY want to run a marathon. Soon. These obviously go hand in hand, but if anyone has any fabulous advice to lavish upon me, I’ll take it!



27 thoughts on “Post-Injury Running: How I’m Screwing It Up

  1. hhrunner says:

    Just try to remember that you have PLENTY of time to run a marathon. Rushing it will just rush you right back into injury and then you’ll end up like me taking 3+ months off, not only 6 weeks.

  2. i feel ya, I usually have the same problem! But there is an option not mentioned (hurray!) You can run a marathon just to finish and not for a specific time. Take it slow. Your body needs time to adjust to the demands of greater mileage (like I know the wheels fall of the bus with me when my long runs get up around 18 miles). Then after just running one slowly you can train for one with a time goal?? Dunno, just a thought

    • No, totally. I just need to MAKE myself go slow, ya know? I need to call/text/email you soon . . . some things in the works . . .


  3. “Liked” simply for the pic of DMX… What was the injury? I echo other comments about rushing into it. 2 yrs ago wife was planning for Chicago marathon but ended up getting kidney stones in May. That set her back a month so she pushed herself really hard (too hard) as soon as she could. The result – herniated disc which needed 2 surgeries. Granted, everyone’s body is different and there are many many other factors involved (incl age and history). But the point’s still there – don’t jeopardize your future health because you’re getting antsy.

    Now I have to go listen to some DMX – the titles of which I can’t mention here.

  4. I think we’re the same person..except for the fact that I don’t really run haha. I haven’t stopped working out since my hip bursitis diagnosis at all, and I haven’t really cooled it on the intensity either- oops! And OMG I love that picture of the girl celebrating hehe…I saw that on “whatshouldwecallme” the other day and legit giggled out loud. Love u girlie!

  5. Remember, you’re still signed up for new york. So if anything maybe that will be marathon #1 for you. I learned yesterday that I have a stress fracture from my marathon effort so I’ve learned the value of rest and going easy the hard way.

    • Wow! You’re the second person I heard about being seriously injured after a marathon. Maybe I should just try to do a half since I know my body can handle that distance. So sorry to hear about your stress fracture.


      • The xray didn’t show anything but the ortho said that it probably was a stress fracture. 6 weeks to recovery. I’m gearing up for New York though, hopefully I’ll get selected on the 25th!!

  6. lol! loved the “celebration” photo! too funny. i know it’s hard, but just remind yourself how miserable it was when you weren’t able to run because of your injury before you start trying to bust out a bunch of fast miles.

  7. I am sorry that I am not sorry for loving that DMX song. Still. To this day.
    I am so happy that you are back my friend….my stubborn, fast footed friend 😉
    I hope that your running continues to go well and that you get the marathon that you have been dreaming of.

  8. You know, I would love to have the problem that I can’t slow myself down. I can’t get myself to go faster! You could always JUST run on the treadmill. Keep it at a slower pace and DON’T TOUCH THE BUTTONS. No outside until you’ve eased into it more!

    • That might be smart. The thing is, I’m SO worried about having the same thing happen again when I transition to running outside, so I’m trying to avoid the treadmill (I’ve only run on it twice). Ugh.


  9. You will get there Melissa… just keep being patient! I am #1 hypocrite for saying that right now… as I certainly should be resting too and being patient with my body. I know how hard it is, but we both can do it!

  10. K says:

    It’s hard to hold back when your passionate about something! I reunited with running after a cartilage transplant in my knee (off for several years prior to the surgery). After the surgery and extensive rehab were a success, I started to run again. I always told myself I would run for fun and just be grateful to run a few miles a few days a week. I find myself upping mileage, speed etc… We’re addicted to the “runners high”!!! My advice is just listen to your body and slow down when need be. Better to run just short distances, than not be able to run at all. Good Luck!

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