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Running Again

Running Again

I WENT RUNNING AGAIN AND IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!! I haven’t been running in so long and I miss it and it was so amazing to be able to go!

Also, as I do a lot of walking with a dog, I have kept my fitness up, so it wasn’t completely horrific either. I didn’t go too mental in terms of distance as I can do that. A problem I have is always wanting to do more and not being happy with what I have done. Also, because I have done a fair amount of running, well let’s be honest, jogging, in the past I have a stupid thought process about how many miles I should do a week.

Finding a new running routine

When I was last regularly running, I was marathon training and did completely ruin myself in the process, but I remember keeping it up for a few months afterwards. I felt like I had to do 3 runs a week and one of them HAD to be 5 miles. I know this is ridiculous and not the case.  At that time, because my energy was rubbish, I didn’t do that much walking so running longer distances was really important to me because I’m mental about my weight. I thought if I ran a lot, then it (my weight) would all be ok. I’m also aware of how important exercise is to your health so that was another reason why I wanted to do a certain amount of miles a week.

I haven’t been able to go running for a very long time, but I decided this time, that doing just over 2 miles, 3 times a week was absolutely fine. The reason why I have been so ok with this is that I clock up over 10,000 steps most days with the dog I walk, so I don’t need to be a complete moron and destroy myself with running.

And so far, it’s worked! I managed to do 3 runs in a week and do them in a pretty good time!  The first 2 I did just over 9 minutes miles and the 3rd I managed just under 9-minute miles, which made me very happy. I’ve never been particularly fast, more slow and steady, so to start with 9-minute miles, when I thought I would be so much slower was very pleasing!

Looking to the future and staying active

I really hope I am able to keep this up, especially in the winter. I’m not very good at exercising in the heat, I much prefer running in the cold, which is really weird as I hate the cold and love the heat!  But as you have probably clocked by now.  I’m not normal.

So we shall see how long this lasts, I hope this is the start of a new beginning for me.  Being able to exercise AND work AND see friends. Living a ‘normal’ life basically and not being restricted because of rubbish energy levels. I’m also going to make sure that I stay sensible and don’t sign up for any races or anything like that. I’m never going to put myself under that sort of pressure again with running. I don’t want to continuously hate it because I’ve been an idiot with over committing.

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  • Racheli Alkobey moderator
    5 months ago

    That is so amazing. I remember when I first went back to working out post treatment. It was very much like your description of returning to running. It’s amazing all the things we took for granted pre diagnosis that we now cherish. Working out feels so good on the body… physically and mentally. I’m glad you are back!

  • Ann Harper moderator
    5 months ago

    Working out does feel good!

  • Deb Wesloh moderator
    5 months ago

    Wow! You sound just like me. I’m so happy for you that you’re able to get back to running!
    I was a long time runner (like 40 years) before my cancers. With polycythemia I struggle with energy levels but like you I always try to walk my 10,000 step (almost obsessively). I would love to get back to running. My main issue now is sore feet (from an unknown origin) that have bothered me for over two years since I completed breast cancer chemo. I hope to some day get back to running but until then run a few miles for me:-).

  • Ann Harper moderator
    5 months ago

    Exercising is definitely healthy as is knowing your limits. Good for you – going back to something you live is worth it. I just did a 5k but I walked it. I plan on doing more in the future. Let us know how your doing. Good luck and have fun.

  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo moderator
    5 months ago

    That’s great Ann! A little goes a long way in getting the momentum going in being fit while sick. Keep at it. Best!

  • Ronni Gordon moderator
    5 months ago

    Congratulations! If nine-minute miles is what you do when not in top shape, you must have been very fast before. Good idea to not sign up for races so that you can keep from putting pressure on yourself.

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