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The Journey Back to Running

The good news – I am back running!

First run back on the trails!!

The bad news – What bad? I am back running! 🙂

After my Bandera – Rocky Raccoon adventure this winter, I could not completely get over a left knee tweak throughout much of the spring and early summer. Oh, I came close many times and then would find ways to self-sabotage…I was pretty darn good at it unfortunately.

Since my trail running self-control wasn’t always up to the challenge, I had to drop the hammer and stop all running…for seven weeks through the mid-summer months.

Practiced acceptance….did the family tour in the midwest which provided a nice distraction…whimpered to myself a couple times…was inspired by all the runners in the TALON region…focused on how to get running healthy again. Damn it, I wanted back in the game!

Back to the basics I go…

  • Core work – Primarily Pilates, Yoga, and McMillan
  • Muscle balancing – one quad bigger than the other – we have a problem – I think this is a big issue.
  • Structural balancing – Hooked up with a new Chiro that I have been pretty impressed with. He is highly fit and athletic himself and works with athletes on the professional and Olympic level. After our first 1 hour meeting, I felt he will be part of my “team” for quite some time.
  • Flexibility

I have now been running for two weeks, low mileage and short sessions. But dang, it sure feels good. Those running miles that had been a pleasurable expectation, have now become an opportunity for humble gratitude.

There is still work to be done but progress is apparent. The journey begins again.

Here are a few pics from my first run back on the trails at a nice urban park called Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

It’s good to be back.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

10 Responses to “The Journey Back to Running”

  1. on 13 Sep 2010 at 2:15 pm Patton

    Welcome back Dave, welcome back.

  2. on 13 Sep 2010 at 2:20 pm Dave

    wow…congrats…we need to do lunch soon…

  3. on 13 Sep 2010 at 3:14 pm Wendy

    I’m so happy for you! 🙂 xoxo

  4. on 13 Sep 2010 at 7:23 pm Liza

    Great news!

  5. on 14 Sep 2010 at 8:16 am Porta-pot bob

    FANTASTIC NEWS DAVE! I respect your patience to heal up and address the root causes. Can’t wait to chase you down some trails soon!

  6. on 14 Sep 2010 at 8:41 am David Hanenburg

    Patton – Thanks man! 🙂
    Dave – Thanks…and YES.
    Wendy – Thanks! 🙂
    Liza – True dat!
    PPB – Thanks dude! I miss knockin’ out the miles together. Hopefully again soon.

  7. on 15 Sep 2010 at 2:01 am Jeff Linwood

    Great to hear! Hope everything continues smoothly from here on out!

  8. on 16 Sep 2010 at 8:23 am David Hanenburg

    Thanks Jeff! 🙂

  9. on 16 Sep 2010 at 2:39 pm Jason

    David….Welcome back! You will be stronger this time.

  10. on 17 Sep 2010 at 11:34 am David Hanenburg

    Thanks Jason! Look forward to seeing you at the races soon!