It’s been awhile.. apologies for falling off the blogging wagon for bit as I got back on my feet, literally. Injuries happen, and usually at the worst times.
After two agonizing months of dealing with tendonitis in my foot, it is time for me to start getting into the full swing of marathon training. I would not normally recommend running a marathon so soon but I was already registered for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon in May.
Here are some helpful tips if you are also training for a marathon after coming back from an injury. Disclosure: I am also going to physical therapy twice a week to help me get to where I need to be for this marathon.
Take it slow.
This might be the single, most important piece of advice to listen to. You may still be in top shape depending on your injury but your body will not be as ready to jump back in right away. Take it slow, strive for progress.
Listen to your body.
Any lingering pain? Stop now. Recovering from your injury is more important than running through the pain on a single training run. Take extra rest days between runs and add more cross training.
Relax, it will be fine.
To be honest, this one is the most difficult for me as I am competitive and often hard on myself. I was hoping for a PR on this marathon but I knew I needed to relax a bit on this goal. After taking a step back and realigning my goals, I have chosen to take it easy on this marathon. There will be more races and I will hopefully be at 100% for them.