It’s not going to be easy …
I can say this much, it’s not going to be easy. A 5 month lay off is hard to come back from. I know that I will get there, but I have to have patience and not push the limits while I continue through the recovery process. It’s also hard not to get disappointed. I can’t run 2 miles steady, but I was able to run 30+ miles with no problems before. It really takes a tole mentally. Again, I can’t compare what I can do now with what I used to do. It was the same when I was coming back from my knee surgery. All of the PRs that I set prior to the knee surgery are not within my reach now. My body can’t do what it used to do. I just have to keep that in mind, build back up my fitness and soon I will be back at the higher mileage.
Anyway, on Thursday I warmed up for 15 minutes with a brisk walk. I then did 16 reps with 1 minute run and 1 minute walk. I did a cool down of a 15 minute walk back to the house. I felt better than I did the other day. I just know that it will be a little while.
Today (Friday) I just went for a walk. Nothing major. It was just an easy stroll for about 50 minutes. It was perfect because it was just what I needed since I was frustrated with work and I needed to get some fresh air. Sometimes a walk is just what you need.
My diet has been mainly meats and veggies. I’ve had a couple of eggs, some steak, backed cauliflower, roasted broccoli, squash casserole, and tomato pie (without the crust). I’ve snaked on homemade trail mix. But I know that I need to knock that one off. It’s just that it’s a good comfort food and something that is easy to snack on. But I think that this week will be my last week, and I will stock up on some fruit for next week.
I’m just going to keep trucking along, and do another run/walk session tomorrow, then a walk on Sunday. I may shift my schedule so that I have Sunday as a rest day. I like the idea of being able to have a rest day over the weekend so that I can get in more family time. I’m so ready for the weekend? How about you?