Beginning Again

long may you run

I was recently told that I would be able to start running again after a fascial injury in my right lower leg.

When my orthopedic surgeon told me the news that it wasn’t compartment syndrome and that I didn’t need surgery, I was elated.

“Finally,” I thought.

Although, when I really started thinking about how much pain I went through throughout the past year, physically and mentally, I began to think that maybe I would be better off not running.

But then I came home last night to find some inspiration. I immediately went to where I keep my old race bibs and medals. I don’t have many, just four, but I needed a reminder of what I’d once accomplished and what I knew I could accomplish again if I just got back out and ran. Each medal, for me at least, signifies a lesson that I learned from training for each race.

1.

The hardest part of running is walking out the front door. Your body is stronger than you think it is and all you have to do is have the courage to start.

2.

A 10 minute mile is just as far as a 6 minute mile. Be patient with your stride and never let it discourage you from thinking you are a “real” runner.

3.

You aren’t a quitter because you walk. If you walk during a race or during a daily run, it’s okay. You will have bad running days, but you have to keep in mind that it was still a run nonetheless.

4.

You run with your heart, not your legs. No one is going to force you to run. You have to do it because you love to do it. You don’t need to be skinny, to have fancy equipment or even the perfect conditions.

You just need to get out there and run because it makes you feel better and freer than you’ve ever felt before.

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” – John Bingham

Until next time,

C. Brooks

4 thoughts on “Beginning Again

  1. fitnoodle says:

    I absolutely LOVE your 4 points, especially ‘A 10 minute mile is just as far as a 6 minute mile.’ When I started running I ran with someone who was much faster than me. When I tried desperately to keep up with him I thought that I was a bad runner – no, just have a different pace! Now I can run further distances and feel great at a pace which suits me. Great advice 🙂

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    • C. Brooks says:

      That happened to me too! I would just tell him to go ahead and circle back when he felt like it. Doesn’t matter if you run as fast as a turtle stampeding through peanut butter, you’re still running! 🙂

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