In December 2014, I was experiencing severe pain from running. It seemed like it had come out of nowhere one day. I ran one half marathon in the first weekend of December, so proud of a new PR, but hobbling about thinking I had strained my ankle. Ankle pain moved to knee pain which, soon enough, turned into my entire left leg shrouded in aches every time I attempted a run.
My doctor diagnosed me with a stress fracture in the hip (that’s possible?!) and I was sentenced to at least 8 weeks of no running whatsoever.
Now, I had only just begun to consider myself a runner going into my third half-marathon. I don’t know why, but it took me a while to accept that I am an athlete. And this break away from running took quite the toll on me.
But I received great news at my follow up appointment this week — I’m cleared to run again! I’ll have to start small, with only a couple miles every other day, but the running plan we’ve come up with to get me back on track has me more feeling more confident in my ability to properly train (and race!) as a runner.
So, to ignite some extra motivation, I’ve been looking back at pictures from my three half-marathons and thinking about going after my ultimate goal… a marathon.