Ugh, I had a tibial stress fracture last winter that really took a toll on me. Agreed on the “trying to cram in training” thing. Running is such a long-game kind of sport, your legs will really let you know it if you’re trying to do too much too soon. For me, I was going from running 3 times a week to 5 with both added days being speedwork. I made this transition pretty foolishly and didn’t do anything to step-up to this new regimen and ended up sidelining myself in the process. I think the biggest thing for me is remembering that when practiced consciously, running can be a lifelong sport in a way most traditional sports aren’t.
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Hey @Rika17! I started running when I was about 25. I was in grad school at the time and working full time, and I just went looking for some kind of hobby that would take some time and mental energy to complete to get my mind off of things. It took a few months before I’d say that I actually liked running, that said. I think the most important thing that kept me going in those first few days/weeks was reminding myself that I was doing something kind for my body and mind and remembering to sort of thank myself for taking the time to do that. After a while I started looking forward to the runs. Any time we start something new there’s always a certain level of intimidation that can come with it, especially if you have other people in your life who you percieve to be really good at that thing. That said, whether you run ultra marathons or around your neighborhood cul-de-sac, you are just as much of a runner as any of the rest of us.
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