Last Sunday was a very big day for me. I finally got to hit the roads and race for the first time in 13 months! To say I wasn’t nervous would be a lie, but I was also very excited. I was nervous as I had no idea where I was time wise in relation to 10k, and due to being on relatively low mileage, I didn’t know how I would fair over the longer distance. I didn’t want to go out too fast and die after only 5k! I was however, excited too, I was finally able to get back on the roads after my injury. It finally felt like I was no longer being held back by my injury.
The race itself was Telford 10k. With a very high-quality field, I truly did plunge myself right in at the deep end. The first 300m was all downhill. This may sound like an amazing start to a race, but to me, it most definitely was not! I hate running downhill. I started off cautiously in order to avoid boiling up and dying early on and took the entire race in my stride. I felt strong, and I felt solid! I had no negative thoughts flying threw my head, and I no longer felt weak. My body was ready to do what I wanted it to do. It felt incredible to be back on the road and doing what I love to do.
The most important thing that Sunday told me was, that I am no longer playing catch up!! I am no longer in the recovery stage trying to get back to where I was before my injury. I am in the progression and development phase! I can finally focus on becoming the better athlete I want to be and continue to slowly build on the strong base I am developing. I am able to improve on my previous performances and am no longer aspiring to be where ‘I was’, I am trying to get to a new place, a stronger place than I ever have been.
I love to run and I love to write, so I write about running!