Taking a break from running – Injury struggles (help)

If you’ve been following my blog or instagram for a while you’ll know I’m no stranger to injury. Last year I had to pull out of the Paris marathon after, what the doctors said, was soft tissue damage.

I’m still convinced it’s something more than that, as a year on, I’m still struggling, even after months of rest and no running. I haven’t always been the best for stretching and I think when training for Paris, my mileage was way too high and I just wore my body down. I’m starting to think that maybe that doctor who told me I’m ‘just not cut out for running’ was right…

Anyway, looks like I’m going to have to take some time off from running again as yesterday’s run just made me realise I can’t carry on like this. I was half way through a 6 mile run and was about to switch from an easy pace to my half marathon race pace. Already my shins and calves were hurting at easy pace so I knew it wasn’t going to go well. I felt like I literally couldn’t get up to race pace without doing a full on sprint. My legs were in pain, my pace was off and then my chest started hurting. Again this isn’t uncommon for me (I have had it checked out) but I could just feel my body giving up on me. However, if you know me, you’ll know I’m stubborn and don’t like giving up easy so I carried on and ended up going 45 seconds under my HM race pace for the last 3 miles.

Although that could make it look like a decent run, it really wasn’t, it hurt so bad and I’m fed up of constantly having pain/discomfort while running. So I’m going to take a break to focus on improving my mobility and building strength. It’s only in the last few weeks that I’ve started to consistently stretch and dedicate time to working on my mobility. I currently resemble a plank of wood…

Another reason for backing away from running for a bit is because I’m finding it mentally draining. I’m just not enjoying it at the minute as it’s so demotivating to feel like you’re constantly under performing and physically not being able to do what you know you have previously been capable of. I know when you get an injury there’s a rebuilding phase but I should be well past that by now.

So, I’m taking this time to give both my mind and body a rest from the stress and pain that running is currently bringing. In the mean time, I’ve set up a strength and conditioning corner in my house and ordered a few essentials like resistance bands and foam rollers as well as a weird balancing thing which is supposed to help with mobility. If anyone has any tips or tricks for helping with strength and conditioning then please let me know, I’m gunna need all the help I can get!

I know running injuries are common so let me know about your personal experiences and any advice or exercises you have for coming back stronger, I’d love to hear.

That was a pretty long one, so as always, thanks for reading, I really appreciate it. Peace.


  • Richard

    You need a diagnosis to what your problem is. If you run injured, you end up compensating and injury something else. I was in denial about my knee injury for months and paying the price now. Some injury’s won’t get better without strength training or physio. The pain may go away after a few months, but it’s still a weakness you need to address. See if you can get an mri scan of your issue from your doctor. Look after yourself 👍

    • kierancooper

      Thanks for replying Richard, I do really need to get some scans done and go to see a physio. I know from just just after Paris that I have some misalignment and weakness, so that’ll need to be worked on! Thanks for the comment 👊🏼

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