At the start of this year, I went on runs regularly and recorded my runs using the Nike Run Club App. Three days a week before school I would wake up early and go on an approximately 3k run at a running track close to my house and then I would also go on longer runs on the weekends (about 6k). Using the Nike Run Club App I would occasionally use the guided runs that are recorded audios from Nike coaches that provide advice and instructed me on a running workout, for example, an interval workout where I changed the speed after a specific amount of time. The guided runs helped to motivate me as well as introduced me to different running workouts to challenge me to improve my speed.
By tracking my runs with the app, I was able to see how much I improved. When I started using this app in early August my average pace for a 3-4k was about 6’20”, then by September my average pace was consistently around 5’40”.
However in September in the morning, as I was leaving to go on a run, I sprained my ankle severely. After a trip to the hospital to check for broken bones, I was unable to put weight on it for a couple of days, and then finally I could limp around but it still put a stop to my regular runs.
Although it stopped my running, I was still determined to stay active and persevere. I couldn’t do any impact workouts that might injure it further so I resorted to some at-home workouts, mainly focusing on abs and arms. Currently, I am still unable to run because my ankle has not fully healed and still hurts however I have continued to do these at-home workouts almost every day and I am hoping to swim or bike since they as non-impact exercises to help strengthen my ankle. Hopefully, I will be able to run again soon.