Back in 2011, I gave running a shot. If you search Couch to 5k on the blog, you will see my progress. I ran my first 5k and I was ecstatic. I was also in amazing shape. Having done p90x twice, taking kickboxing and teaching zumba, I thought nothing could slow me down. Then pain showed up uninvited to the party. After a few doctor visits, I learned I was dealing with tendonitis on my right ankle and knee. It sucked big time and not really knowing how to deal, I just stopped running and dedicated myself to doing routines I knew wouldn't aggravate me.
However, after reading many blogs and posts of other runners with similar issues, I've decided to lace up again. This time I'm going to work on being more careful. Not doing several different high intensity workouts in one day, resting every two days from running, working on my quad, hamstring, and calf strength and truly listening to my body. At the end of the day, thats key. My main issue in the past waa doing too many things in one day. It's generally not a good idea to run and then do p90x plyometrics, unless your an amazing athlete.
Running makes me feel good. Having been a person that couldn't run to the bus without being completely out of breathe, I take pride in having run 3.1 miles straight. It's unbelievable and I want to do it again and I want to do it carefully.
Today was day 2 of Couch to 5K and I'm proud of myself. No pain. I'm going to keep researching methods to alleviate or end pain. I'll share what I find along the way.