So after taking 12 weeks off of running, some loss of fitness is definitely to be expected. But what I didn’t expect was how much else I’ve lost. Here are some things I’m currently struggling with.
1) My form. Not just because my foot is all wonky, but I feel so tense and awkward running. I feel my shoulders creeping toward my ears every run and I have to remind myself to relax my body. I feel like a baby fawn trying to learn how to run.
2) That whole concept of “starting slow” and negative splitting my run. I used to be the #1 advocate for going out slow. I had become the master. EVERY run I aimed for my first mile to be my slowest. Well, I’ve completely forgotten how to do that, and my overeagerness is currently my #1 foe. I’m flying and dying on every run and it needs to stop NOW.
3) Just general common sense. It was 60 degrees out this morning. A long sleeve shirt was absolutely overkill and I knew it the minute I stepped out my front door. But you know, at that point I had COME TOO FAR. 3 hours later and I’m pretty sure I’m still sweating.
Anyway, there is good news. My foot felt the best this morning that it has on any of my runs. Which is huge, because I was pretty nervous about running first thing before my foot had time to warm up for the day. So we’re making some progress!
Now for some random things:
I’m currently reading this book and I cannot wait to finish it so I can see the movie this weekend.
We had these flatbreads from Costco last night and guys, they were incredible. Like, I really cannot stress this enough. I wish I had eaten the entire sausage one. It might’ve not felt super great on my stomach this morning for my run, but it was worth it.
Another Costco favorite. Chocolate and peppermint bark. Winter is coming and I have no intention of being a fragile, cold, bird. All the foods.
Poor Mr. Riley is currently having eye problems. The condition is called entropion, and it’s apparently very common in shar-pei and mastiff breeds. It basically means his eyelids are rolling in a little and his eyelashes are constantly irritating his eyes. We have an appointment with the vet this Friday and we can hopefully get him into surgery ASAP to resolve the problem. For now he’s just a little cuddle bug though and as much as I love the extra snuggles it’s breaking my heart to see him so subdued and lethargic.
That’s all for today. Happy Wednesday! We’re halfway through the week. Thank goodness.
I’ve found that even if you do tons of cardio while you’re injured (eliptical, stairmill, etc.) running is STILL really tough when you return to it- somehow it’s different enough that your body just doesn’t know what to do. You have a lot of uncomfortable, awkward runs and then one day you suddenly have a breakthrough and it feels natural again. You will get there and I bet it won’t be too much longer.
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Oh my gosh I was just going to do a post along these lines! I’ve been soooo sore since I started running again and it’s kind of blowing my mind. I figured body pump, spin, pilates, etc would keep my muscles in shape, but so far my quads and oddly enough, my inner thighs have been taking a beating! It’s SO good knowing that other people feel the same way!