Monday, June 18, 2012
Thanks guys for all the get well wishes! I'm still not 100% today but I'm slowly but surely improving. I still have a cough that comes and goes but it sounds like it's breaking up now. The unfortunate thing is that I'm still a snot factory. It's seriously disgusting how much mucus one person can produce. I went through 4 (!!!) tissue boxes this weekend.
I went back to work today and because of all the walking I had to do, I had a feeling that I would be OK if I ran tonight. I tried to keep it short and not push it too much. So I ran 2.37 miles in 26:14. When I was done, I was screaming in my head, "I'm back!", and doing the happy dance. Of course, my run was not perfect: I still had to blow my nose during each walking interval. But honestly, how is that different from when I normally run? Overall, I felt great!
The funny thing is, it didn't feel all that hard to get back into running. Before, when fitness wasn't such a regular part of my routine, if I went a few days without exercise, it was always so hard on my cardiovascular system to start up again. Missing workouts always made the next workout that much harder. And of course, that's one of the reasons why I never stuck with them. "Exercise is too hard. I'm going to give up." Well, duh, of course it was hard. This is one of those "practice makes perfect" kind of things. It's never going to get easier if you just quit.
During my cool down and stretching, I realized that I have less tightness in my IT band and calves than normal. I might have been pushing a little too hard last week because all my muscles felt tight. So it was also a blessing in disguise that I caught a cold and gave myself the rest my muscles needed too.
I've been itching these last 3 days to go for a run. I know that R&R was what my body needed to get better but I realized after today's run that I was BORED these last few days. I realized that I hate sitting on my butt and not doing anything. Oh, how times have changed.