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Quick update

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HEALTHYLISA 6/21/2012 2:17PM

    I am glad you are feeling a little better and getting to exercise ! emoticon

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    Glad you are feeling better! emoticon

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GRANNYQUINN 6/19/2012 4:04PM

    Good for you!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/19/2012 10:30AM

    Very glad to hear you're back!!!!!

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CANDOK1260 6/19/2012 9:58AM

    Hhappy you got your run in ey there!! Ready to get off to a great start!!
Go Cats!!

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OFABULOUSME 6/19/2012 9:08AM

    That must be a great feeling! Way to go.

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FLEURGARDEN 6/19/2012 7:28AM

    Glad you're feeling better. Isn't it funny how we used to look forward to sitting on our butt at the end of a long day, and now we find it boring?

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LRSILVER 6/19/2012 7:09AM

    Glad you are feeling better. I agree that exercise makes me feel better. Have a great week.

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MIRAGE727 6/19/2012 6:28AM

    So glad you're feeling better. Just make sure you're not pushing too hard and have a relapse! But considering you've had so much congestion that was a crazy good time. I'm curious as to what type of intervals you did throughout your run. Please share.
Also you mentioned tightness in your IT band and calves. I wondered if you use "The Stick" or a foam roller to message them out afterwards. It really helps a lot. It also helps if you cramp up too. Thanks for sharing. Great blog! You're back, Runner!

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 6/18/2012 10:38PM

    Glad you are feeling better and that exercise makes you feel great! I have learned that exercise makes me feel better about everything in life. I was made to go go go not sit on my butt and relax all the time. Glad you are back!

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