easing back into things after mysterious running injury
January 31, 2014 10:13 AM Subscribe
What’s a better strategy for easing back into running after taking 3.5 weeks off due to an unknown running injury?
posted by raztaj to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
Would it be better to try and run more frequently (every other day), but shorter runs, or infrequently (2x a week), with longer runs? What’s generally better to ease back into a routine?
YANMD, but I had some series of undiagnosed running injuries a few weeks ago, that affected my right ankle and calf, with pain that changed places over that course of that time (starting at back ankle, then moving upwards to the side and mid calf, then to the front). I continued to workout (incline walking on the treadmill & elliptical), as the only time I ever experienced any pain, was immediately upon starting to run, and after attempting to run (it would hurt pretty bad walking after trying to run, but not during regular walks). I’d probably put it on a 6-7 on a scale of 10. The initial onset of the injury pain was very sudden, but as mentioned, the site of pain gravitated.
I did a test 60-second run a week ago on the treadmill, and experienced no pain. So a few days ago, I did a test mile run on the treadmill, and aside from it feeling difficult because of taking some time off, it was completely pain-free.
This morning I had my first outdoor run (ran 1 mile, walked 5 minutes, ran 1.5 mile), and oh god, it was so blissful and I just wanted to go on for more but I know it’s better to ease back into things. I hate the treadmill, but running outdoors on a cool morning was so wonderful - I missed it so much. No pain.
Obviously I know to stop if I feel pain again, but even though I’ve only been running for 6 months, I’m realizing that I’m turning into that weirdo that really enjoys running - it’s not just for health or losing weight. Although I’m writing this after running and still on I guess what was “runner’s high,” that I’ve only felt once before in those 6 months. I feel fantastic, and the last thing I want to do is injure myself again because that would mean no moar runningz, and right now I just want ALL THE RUNNINGZ.
[not like I was some super long-distance runner before, as I was previously doing 15-20 miles a week, split up every other day]
Anyway. What’s a good way for me to ease back? Short, frequent runs, or longer, infrequent runs? Let’s say doing this for a combination of enjoyment, health/exercise, and wanting to sign up for another 5k or train for a 10k.