Today was my first run in in 2 months, okay 58 days to be exact (not counting, that’d be creepy). I was told to run just 5 minutes and considering my normal stubborn factor I think I did pretty good only going over by a few seconds. I wish I could say it was a pain free run, but that’d be a lie. I was in pain as soon as I started, but luckily it did not get worse the more I ran. To me it wasn’t worth stopping (I did though, this is me behaving); however, I am very aware that running half a mile and 26.2 are quite different. When I stopped I couldn’t help but think: “Look at all that road left that needs run.” Instead of a happy face this is my- “Can I run more now? Please! Really? That cannot be all!” (hangs head, walks home) face. To think I was supposed to be running Marine Corp Marathon this weekend instead of doing my first run in months. Funny the curves life throws at you. I can admit I made the right decision to defer MCM until next year, as difficult and sad as that may have been. Running in pain for half a mile I am sure would only get worse over 26.2 miles and make for a very miserable marathon.
I must admit while I was excited to run today it was also a bit depressing. I think my leg is a bit better, but not the improvement I’d hoped for after 2 month off and 6 weeks of PT. (I guess I had thought I’d be almost back to normal by now.) Still a very noticeable difference between my right leg, ouch, and left leg. Also, seeing how much fitness I have lost over the last two months was rough. Being so restricted I have been really good about eating, but have not been able to do much exercise. I felt like I was moving way faster than 11 minute miles so that was quite deflating. However, I am trying to look at the positive and remind myself that this is going to be a recovery process, not a quick fix. Wonder what that means for all my upcoming races?
Are you racing at all this weekend?
East Coasters – Did you get a bit of Sandy yet? (It rained here all morning & afternoon, very windy.)