Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Comeback

I’ve got my busy-face on this week. But never fear, I have priorities, and we all know that blogging is one of them! (It comes right after running and eating and reading. So now you know.)

First of all I want to say, don’t judge yesterday’s cake by its slightly-overly-crispy appearance. It was delicious and you should definitely make it ASAP.

I also want you to know that I came into very close contact with Alex Trebek and two top secret wild animals today! So that was unique. (More about that later, once it's not secret anymore.)

And now onto more important things. Running. Love it. And now I’m back to actually doing it on a regular basis.

But there are certain strategies to follow when coming back from a long absence from running:

- The first and by far the most important is do not do to much too quickly. (This one kills me.) After time off I’m so excited to get back on the roads…back to my modus opperandi of choice: running every day. And thanks to extensive cross training, I’m actually able to run pretty solid distances. But just because I can doesn’t mean I should. Over-enthusiasm can turn into a re-injury rull fast. So start by taking it easy. Be cautious. I’m doing 20 minutes every other day for 3 weeks. Because (fingers crossed!) I'm hoping that's the ease-back-in that I need to get me working out and racing again.

- Run slow. Just like running too long, running too fast can put unnecessary strain on muscles not used to it. So I'm running about a minute per mile slower than what my normal pace would be.

- Be cautious, but don’t be afraid. People are meant to run, and running is not designed to hurt us. Check out this RW article about fear and comebacks.

- Remember you’re not alone. Almost all runners have gone through rough patches, so don’t get discouraged with a seemingly slow comeback. Think of Paula Radcliffe, or Meb Keflezighi, or Kara Goucher. Whether you're an average joe-slow or a super-speedster, everyone can stage a comeback!

And I'm certainly planning on it! I'm sure you're all tired of hearing about me not running...just as I'm tired of not running. So here's to taking it easy and making a comeback - stronger, faster, and tougher than ever before!

Here's a link to an article about "Coming Back Strong."

And another good "Comeback" article.


  1. I couldn't have read this post at a better time! I'm coming back from a running injury as well. I was able to run 6 slow miles for the first time in months today and it was so exciting and I can't wait to get out and do it again. It's amazing how fast 6 miles goes by, but an hour on the elliptical can drag on forever!

  2. Alex Trebek is a ROCK STAR!!! (haha - seriously, I've fantasized about being on Jeopardy longer than I care to admit.)

  3. Like you and Jen, I'm coming back to running; for a few months I was only able to walk because of an illness. But I only ever ran 5K, so I'm feeling like I lost everything I ever could do. Now, this week that I've started running again, I can only run about 2 blocks before I'm out of breath, so I walk a block, and I do that for two miles. I guess I'll get there...

  4. horray! good luck on your comeback

  5. Thanks all!

    And babs, don't worry, you'll get there. You only start at "square one" once in your life. After that, though it's never easy to get back in shape, it's easier every time!

  6. Man this post makes a bit sad. The whole double kneecap thing has me down.

    I think I'll start slow again in a couple weeks, and just do shorter distances. We'll see how it goes. Thanks for inspiring, and congratulations on starting up again. P.S. Why does GeoBee have all the good food?

  7. Great post! Thanks for all of the tips! I'm thinking of running a marathon and your post is almmmost helping me make my decision ;)

    Delightful Bitefuls

  8. I totally relate - after an ACL surgery in September, I'm finally running again! I was given the go-ahead in March, but it's taken me a long time to be able to get 3 miles or so under my legs. And I'm VERY slow! But it is so exciting for me.
    I hope that you take care of yourself and that you have your form and speed back.