Three days in, I’ve followed my post-injury training plan to a T. A 1-mile run on Wednesday, 60 minute walk on Thursday, and a 2-mile run this morning. I had to stop and walk a couple times today, and when I finished up my run I was kind of down on myself. I was thinking, “When will I get my fitness back?”
Well, there was a reason I was winded and needed some walk breaks. I was below a 13 minute mile for the first half-mile! At one point, I was even below a 12 minute mile. That would have been fast for me when I was at the peak of my half marathon training (the race seems like a distant memory now). Even with what I deemed “significant” walk breaks, I averaged a 13:39 pace. I’ll take it.
Once I looked at the data from my run, I could reframe how I feel. I haven’t lost my fitness (my 12:00-13:00 pace actually felt like a slog), but I may have lost a bit of stamina. I imagine in a week or two it will be back. The idea of running five miles today was exhausting, and a month ago that was my normal mid-week run. I’m confident I’ll be there again (as long as I can keep getting up early and avoiding the heat).
I completed day 12 of the 30 Day Ab Challenge last night. 55 situps, 65 crunches, 33, leg raises, and a 42 second plank. I was able to muscle through all of it, although my hip joint make a terrible grinding/popping noise when I do the leg raises. It doesn’t hurt, but it’s a bit disturbing.
One last thing before I jump in the shower and sit down at my desk for work (my new part-time work at home arrangement is awesome!)—I know most of the people that read my blog are like me: back of the pack runners. Check out this bog post from the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half for a glimpse into the back of the pack, from a runner who’s normally at the front. Kudos to Runner’s World—they actually called attention to the post on their site, apologized, and asked for feedback from their readers. The comments on both of these pages might be an interesting read for anyone who doesn’t know what it’s like to be in the back of the pack. Although the finish line was still fully set up and no water stations vanished at my half marathon, I definitely think it felt different for me than for those that finished in 1:30:00 – 2:30:00.