Starting is hard. Starting over is just as hard.
Yes, the first time you try something it is hard. But the beauty is that there are no expectations. Your going to give it a shot and see what happens. Your expectations are just to do the best you can and get the job done. It is hard. It is painful. There are doubts. The trick is just to keep pushing on.
The problem with coming back from an injury or a break is that you have expectations. You know what your body is or was capable of doing. You remember how something that is so difficult now was easy just a few months ago. It is hard. It is painful. There are doubts. The trick is just to keep pushing on.
It’s been a few weeks now. It is amazing to me how quickly the body falls apart (ok not really, but it feels that way). It is amazing how something that took years to develop can feel like it disappears in a matter of months. I’ve been happy that I have been getting out and getting some runs in.I’ve been steady. I’ve been lucky that I’ve got a great group of friends to get out the door with. I will say that I that my goal for right now is just to slowly and steadily build up. Yes, I know that technically I am in marathon training now, BUT….
My goal right now is just to start back strong. To come back smart. The longest run I’ve done yet this year is 5 miles and I’ve only had one of them. I walk when I feel I need to, but even then I keep the watch going. I want to keep track of my real progress. You know what? Considering I’m coming back from 2 months of no running or any activity, I think I’m doing ok. As of now, I am not putting any pressure on for the NJ Marathon. I am happy that I am registered, because that is helping to get me out the door. Come April I will be ready. I may not be ready for the elusive 4:30, but I will be able to get the job done.
Right now, my goal is to run 4 days a week with 2 cross training days and one full sit on my behind rest day. I’m still working out the schedule, but that seems like a good enough plan for right now. As the weeks go by and I regain some of my former aerobic level and don’t feel like I’m not going to die while I’m out for a run then it will be time to revisit and revise. This seems like a reasonable goal and plan. Each run sucks just a little less and I actually did do one 3 mile run at a brisk pace. So I’ll take it.
I think the trick weather your just starting out, coming back, or just going through a rough patch is just to keep pushing through. Really what choice do you have? If you stop then what are you left with? Regrets and we all know how much they suck. So I guess that means I will just keep on pushing on.
What is the longest break you had before coming back?
I had to take a few months off after some surgeries last summer. When I started running again I couldn’t even do 3 miles without walking and felt like I’d lost all my fitness. After a few weeks of really struggling, it was like a switch flipped and suddenly it got so much easier! The key, like you said, is to just keep pushing through.
Yeah the whole recovering from surgery, trying to get my counts in order since it was my thyroid, and getting back to running has been rough. Although I’ll take it since it means I’m healthy enough to run:)