As much as I am loving the return to running, however, I have to admit, the first few weeks back aren’t always smooth sailing. In fact, they can feel downright slow, awkward and a bit discouraging. I forgot that part about coming back from injury.
I’m not sure exactly how to describe it, but it’s just hard to get into a normal rhythm. I feel kind of clumsy and sloppy. My form doesn’t feel right, either. There are small aches and pains as my little used muscles get used again, and as crazy as it sounds, I have been exhausted this week from this little bit of running. Then there’s that whole injury brain thing, which really started eating at me on Saturday.
I happened upon this article from Runner’s World over the weekend and it confirmed that it’s not all in my head–getting back to where you were pre-injury takes some time. If I recall from the past, it seems like it has taken me about four weeks to get back to feeling normal.
Don’t misunderstand: I wouldn’t go back to not running for anything. It’s just that I look forward to being back in shape and feeling like running is second nature. By my count, that’s about three weeks away; nothing to it.
If you’ve come back from injury before, have you gone through this awkward phase? How long did it take you to feel normal again?