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After months of injuries - achilles tendonitis, itb, patella femoral pain syndrome, foot, ankle, knee hip and back pain i am ready to run!...at least i think i am!
Yes, i am quite possible mad, like everyone else on here no doubt, but i refuse to accept that with the correct treatment, stretches, running schedule i cannot eventually achieve my goal of completing a marathon.
I started running in 2008, overweight, smoking 20 a day, and have completed a few 10k races and even managed to get up to 13 mile long runs at my peak. Afer 12 months running i hit 25 miles a week and ran 100 miles in May 2009. Running changed my life, and i want it back!
This week i ventured out for my first run/walk with my newly aquired orthotics from the nhs, which replaced my old carbon fibre ones (not supporting my now completely collapsed arch). Some friends/colleagues/fellow runners have told me they would have quit months ago but as i used to post on here fairly regularly i know i'm not alone in being a little bit loopy with my running obsession. I have stretched every muscle i can think of im my quest to return to running, getting up at 'stupid o'cock' to stretch for months on end. Cycling to work daily, at weekends and my cross trainer have kept me kind of sane but i want to get back to doing what i love best.
To keep me going i thought i'd start a new thread, somewhere i can log my runs like i used to, but rather than stick them in a diary i thought i'd post them here. Anyone who wants to post their runs here is more than welcome, i think i may need the support of some fellow runners after such a long break. Hopefully, by the summer i may even be able to contemplate entering a 10k race, but at the moment its one goal at a time.
Over the next 10 weeks i am going to follow a simple runners world schedule which got me running right at the start, from 0-30 minutes running in 10 weeks. Hopefully, this will stop me from getting carried away, gettng injured, and being forced to stop...again! This is the schedule i am going to be following, today being my third run, but as i have been off for so long i am doing the first week twice, so anyone who wants to join me can, or anyone else starting out or returning from injury can feel free to post your runs here, the more the merrier!
Week 1: Two minutes running/four minutes walking
Week 2: Three minutes running/three minutes walking
Week 3: Four minutes running/two minutes walking
Week 4: Five minutes running/three minutes walking
Week 5: Seven minutes running/three minutes walking
Week 6: Eight minutes running/two minutes walking
Week 7: Nine minutes running/one minute walking
Week 8: Thirteen minutes running/two minutes walking
Week 9: Fourteen minutes running/one minute walking
Week 10: Run the whole time
I'll be back before lunch to post todays run which will be later than normal, due to a heavy curry night!