The Return of the Runner

by torontogirlwest on April 30, 2012

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A few weeks ago, before the full weight of the flu symptoms hit me, I headed out to take pictures of Vancouver’s Sun Run.

The Sun Run is a huge deal in this city and features 50,000 participants!!!! It’s no surprise that it’s the largest race in Canada.

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As I stood there taking pictures early that Sunday morning, I realized it had been over a year since I last ran. What began as a stress fracture induced hiatusย turned into plantar fasciitis and an undetermined leave of absence from the sport.

And while I can admit that at first I was sad not to be able to run it soon became a fact of life and I found myself embracing other forms of cardio (Zumba anyone?!?).

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Which is all to say I was alright with my status as a non-runner. Those days were behind me, I told myself. Surely I was better off without the stress of running on my body.

All lies.

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During the Sun Run 2012, each time a new wave of runners started I would feel those old undeniable emotions. That mixture of excitement, nerves, and adrenaline that told me I had to be out there!

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So for the past few weeks, a couple of co-workers and I have been following a learn to run a 10k program. I’m starting from scratch but that’s okay – it feels absolutely glorious to be back pounding the pavement!!!

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Because the next time 50,000 people run the streets of Vancouver – I intend to be out there!!! icon smile The Return of the Runner

 

Question: Have you ever taken an extended break from a sport you used to love? Did you ever go back? How did it feel?

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Samantha Angela May 1, 2012 at 8:05 am

How have you been feeling since your return to running? Any pain?

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Toronto Girl West May 1, 2012 at 10:20 am

That’s what the next post is about – no pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D HAPPY DANCE!!!!!!!!!!
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Carolyn May 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I was so happy to read this post!! I kinda knew it was coming. ;) Obviously it’s great that you can do it for exercise again, but it’s even more exciting that you can enjoy it! Sun Run, here you come! Yaaaaay!

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Toronto Girl West May 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

I know!!! It’s so cool that I can enjoy it again – when I go out for pain free runs I can’t help but thinking that this is what it was like for normal people all along!!! :P
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AndreaClaire May 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

The day before you posted this, I made plans for a 10K at the end of August. I’ve been missing running to, but without a goal I was finding it easier just to sit on the couch. Here’s to getting back into running!

Maybe we’ll see each other at the Sun Run next year :)
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AndreaClaire May 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Ack. I hate finding typos after I hit ‘submit’.

I miss running toO.
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Toronto Girl West May 2, 2012 at 10:16 am

Sun Run 2013 it is!!! :D
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Marianne May 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I’m currently on a 4 year and counting hiatus from skating due to school. At first it was weird, because I had skated for all of eternity before that. But now I don’t know if I want to go back…it’s a big cost and time commitment, and I’m really enjoying doing other things with my free time now. I don’t think I ever really realized how much I gave up/missed out on to skate all those years. I don’t regret it, but I may not need it back in my life either.
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Toronto Girl West May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

I kind of get that – I feel the same way about playing an instrument. I played the flute and piccolo forever. Loved it and missed it like crazy after I stopped playing in orchestra. NowI think about picking it up but I know I would have to re-learn a lot of things and drive my condo neighbours crazy in the process.
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Kristen May 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Sometimes an absence makes it feel that much better to do it again. Enjoy the return to running!
(and great pictures! the sun run sounds like a fun event!)
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torontogirlwest May 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

I’m loving it – and you’re right – absence made the heart grow fonder! :)

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Bronwyn May 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Yes, I had a similar running break. Not a stress fracture, but plantar fasciitis. And it’s really been a year of off and on running, with a real return to running just happening recently. It was like every time I tried, I just couldn’t get back into it for an extended period… But these days it’s good, I’m back in a running groove and starting to feel stronger.
Good luck with getting back into it!
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torontogirlwest May 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

How did you get over your plantar issues? I’ve used orthotics and they’ve been a life saver but I’d love to hear what you did!

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