The good news is that I ran three miles yesterday and my leg didn’t hurt at all! HOORAY!
The bad news is that it took me approximately 15 hours and I almost had a heart attack and an asthma attack in the process.
Um, out of shape much? Wow.
I ended up having to wait almost a week longer than I planned before I attempted running again since my leg was still bothering me a good bit. That means I’ve been out of running for almost 6 weeks. It occurred to me today that 6 weeks is the longest I’ve taken off of running since 2010, when I broke my hip. And it’s the longest by about 5 weeks, so you can imagine how I’m feeling right now.
I’d forgotten what it’s like to be a beginner again and be out of shape. I guess I took being able to run as far as I want for granted, even if it was never terribly fast. As I was pulled over on the side of the road wheezing and trying not to throw up, I remembered why people hate running. It’s easy to forget when you can click off the miles without too much effort. “Just run at a conversational pace,” they say. “It will be fun,” they say. Well, when your conversational pace is a walk, it’s pretty hard to make much progress in running, isn’t it? Ugh.
I’m determined to take my recovery slowly and be smart about it, so even though I was dying to get out there today and run – because the more I run, the sooner I’ll be in shape and the sooner I’ll like running again – I didn’t. Instead, I hopped on the medieval torture device also known as my bike. Even though I’m terrible at biking now too thanks to a long hiatus, and even though it was hot outside, I forced myself to do speed work on my bike. After all, interval training is supposed to be one of the best ways to improve your cardiovascular fitness, right? And I’d really like to improve that promptly so that my heart stops feeling like it’s going to beat out of my chest.
Oh yeah, and I’m kind of over the whole asthma thing too. I have exercise-induced asthma, and it pretty much never bothers me unless I’m working way harder than I’m used to. Unfortunately, right now, that means exercising at all! Good thing I have my trusty inhaler ready and waiting to revive me. Ugh, I am so lame.
So yeah. It’s going to be a long road back. That’s assuming, of course, that my run tomorrow (and all the runs after that) goes well and I don’t have any pain in my leg. I’m ready to get back to it and for running to feel easy again, but I know it won’t right away. The Omaha Marathon should be interesting when I run it, oh, THIRTEEN DAYS FROM NOW.
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