Thursday, January 31, 2008

Coming back after a long time off always sucks

I hate starting to come back after a long time off. I took 3 months off with my injury this fall. When I finally started running, I had an extremely short time before Phoenix, so I wasn't trying to get back to my ideal stride, I was just trying to cross the finish line without hurting myself again. I am pretty sure in the 4 weeks I trained for Phoenix, I didn't run a single mile below 10 minute pace, as my goal was distance, not speed.

Now that I have some time before my next major race, I want to start working on getting back to my regular race pace. It's been a bit of a challenge, as it always is, when trying to get back into the groove after taking a long time off.

I think there's a light at the end of the tunnel, though. This past weekend, I ran five miles, and today I ran six. Both runs came out to an average pace of around 9:30/mi.

So slowly, but steadily, I am starting to see some progress, which is helping to chase away the discouragement...


Danielle in Iowa said...

Ha, actually for me, the one nice thing about coming back from an injury is that you always see progress!

P.O.M. said...


hey - as long as you're out there running - it's a good thing :)