I've been debating whether I should do a blog post, or a blog post series, about my running or not. I finally decided that I'm going to do it, not only so that anyone else can read it, but also because I think it might be quite interesting for me to see how I develop as a runner and what happens along the way. I wasn't in the mood to name this blog series anything special, really. I mean, I say blog series and I'm not even sure if this ever will be a "blog series" so let's just keep it simple.
I just really shortly wanted to say that I'm just an average girl who started running, I'm definitely not an expert when it comes to running. This is just how I do it and how I got started and stuff. I just do it how it feels comfortable for me and go from there.
So let's go to the beginning.
I was an active kid and I've always had a sport as a hobby whether it was ballet, football, skiing, rollerblading, tennis etc. etc. and for me it was just about having fun. I've never competed nor has that ever been a goal of mine. I guess, as a child I preferred team sport but as I got older I got more into individual sport (still not competing). I still liked both and I did both. I'm that kind of person that when I start doing something I like I go hard until I just can't take it anymore and I get bored which explains the variety of sports I've done. However, it all changed in one day. We had a baseball match between classes during the last day of 7th grade. I was running and I slipped for unknown reason. After getting up I noticed a terrible pain on my right knee but didn't think much of it. Having suffered from it for two months me and my mum agreed that it wasn't normal and went to see a doctor. My injury was declared a lifetime sport injury. It can only be strengthen, not fixed. So because it was really painful and it got worse when I did sport, I pretty much had no choice put to stop all sport until it would become better. I went to see a physiotherapist and slowly started to work on it.
After almost two years of not being able to really get into any sport, I finally got to the point where I could try something. I found myself interested in salsa dance and started going regularly. It was so much fun and I really enjoyed it. My favourite is still salsa street. Unfortunately the class times changed after about two years of dancing and I couldn't fit them to my schedule anymore. After that I was again in the position where I had no sport related hobby, I got busier and busier and my knee stated to act out again.
This whole running thing started because of my boyfriend. He is a very active person and likes to run. He talked about it to me a lot and I slightly got interested. I was quite unsure about starting running though because it would be very hard on my knee. I knew, and still know, that it's important for me to really work on that knee and strengthen it, and running would be extremely good. I had to start really easy though. Not only because of my knee but also because I've never been a distance runner. In football or tennis you do run around but it's not like distance running. So I looked up on my good friend Google and searched for easy beginner's running program. I tried a few until I found this one that I still use to this day. It's called "sohvaperunan juoksukoulu" and it literally starts from the beginning. It's planned so that you run and walk, an gradually you run more than walk and soon you run more an more. In six weeks you're supposed to run 5 km, and in 12 weeks you run 10 km. I haven't done either yet, but I'm working on it. So I can't tell you how it is working but so far I think it's nice. I haven't been able to follow it perfectly due to my knee injury, pure laziness and my busy schedule (silly excuse but I had my first matriculation examination in spring and the second ones are coming up next autumn, so I'll use that). Anyway, I'll keep you posted on that.
I think that's a good stop for now. I hope I get time and inspiration to write more about this and actually make this a series.
Until next time! Take care!