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Making a Comeback

Thursday, November 29, 2012

For the past few months, I have been dealing with a medical issue that I was afraid would be serious (thankfully it wasn’t). I had some minor surgery about 3 weeks ago, and am following up with some medication. Without going into detail, I have spent the past 4 months feeling physically uncomfortable to miserable, anemic, tired, cranky, and depressed. Although the doctor told me I could continue to run and exercise, it just seemed to make things worse (not to mention the anemia didn’t make it easy), so I went from taking it easy, to taking it very easy, to do nothing more than about a mile walk a day, but only when I had the energy. Now that things are getting straightened out, I am able to move around all day without needing a nap, I can stay focused, and generally I feel optimistic and happy again.

On Thanksgiving morning I was feeling good enough to compete in a 4 mile race that I have done for the past few years. I knew it was going to be slow, and it was – I finished in just under 45:00, which is a personal worst for me. One year ago I had a personal best in the same race. It’s amazing how things change in a year! Anyway I didn’t really care as I just wanted to finish. I did have to walk a bit, but I felt so good later in the day (I forgot how good the endorphins are), that it didn’t bother me in the least.

Since then I have started back to running, and am planning to get back to 3-4 days a week. I am going to keep the mileage low, as right now I am huffing and puffing at an 11:00 pace, and I start fading around 2 miles. I know my body still needs time to heal, and it’s going to take some time to build back up, but I know it’s in me and I will work at it. Since last Thursday, I did 2 miles on Saturday, 4 miles on Monday, and 2 miles today (12 miles in 8 days is not too bad). I’ll probably keep the long runs to 4-5 for the next couple of weeks and see where I am and go from there.

I have already missed two half marathon opportunities, but I plan to do at least 1 or 2 in the late winter to spring. I am not going to let an entire race season pass me by!
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  • BOBBYD31
    good for you ! great to see you back on that horse, kicking butt and taking numbers.
    i know where you are as i am still there, i started over with c25k after being off the better part of a year, so i am slow no very slow but i am healthy which is all that should matter for any of us. a few months from now you will be close to full force so be patient and stay healthy
    1997 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    So glad things are looking up and you are getting back in it! There will always be races, so take it slow! Keep up the good work!
    1999 days ago
    Sounds like you are coming back super strong. emoticon emoticon
    2000 days ago
    So glad to here you are feeling well enough to attempt the four mile distance. You'll get there again. Take it easy.
    2001 days ago
    Oh, Carolyn, I'm so sorry to hear about your problems, but delighted that you have a light at the end of the tunnel. :)
    Recovery is all about baby steps, no matter how well you feel!

    Take care, my friend

    Paul x
    2001 days ago
    Carolyn, glad to hear you are feeling better! If you are tired and anemic, exercise should take a backseat! Sounds like you are working on your comeback in a smart way, too! I'm sure that you will be back to fighting form before you know it! 2013 is going to be your year.

    And FYI, I am bailing on Palm Beach :(

    This happens every year - we have too much work with the rental properties to be able to spare a weekend away. Plus, I had my parents here for Thanksgiving, which meant no work got done last weekend, in addition to 66 miles of running to beat the stress = tired legs.

    2001 days ago
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