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!