Monday, November 19, 2012

I'M BACK!

YES!!!! FINALLY!!!

After not being able to run since May due to my back injury and then getting surgery at the end of August...

I was able to run for the first time last night!

I was so excited to get to the gym and see how bad my progress took a hit.  Unfortunately...it was a massive hit, but I was expecting that the whole time.  Before my surgery I was able to run for 17 minutes straight and could do almost 1.5 miles without stopping.  This was great for me and I was so proud of this progress I had made.  Well...last night was a train wreck! I couldn't even get past 1/4 mile or 3 minutes.  It was really frustrating to me and I got really really sad/angry.  I was so mad that all of my hardwork and progress was gone!  I was back to square 1.  I expected to lose some momentum but I didn't expect it to be this much.

BUT

As I always say...I am an optimist and good can be found in every situation.  So here we go....my back did not hurt!! I felt no pain whatsoever besides a little soreness last night and today.  This is GREAT news!  It also felt AMAZING to get in a great workout where my heart rate was high and I was sweating like crazy!

This is so exciting for me because I haven't been able to get in a great hardcore workout since like MAY!  The elliptical just doesn't do it for me.  I can be on that thing for an hour working as fast and hard as I can and it just doesn't get me to the level that running does.  I am so glad to have this high back! I know this has to be s l o w process so I do not mess up my back again.  I have to start at a slow pace and remember to STOP when I am in pain.  Do not keep going.

The best part of "starting over" is that...I am in fact starting over.  I haven't given up, I am still going.  I'm anxious and excited to start my running journey over again.  Even though it is frustrating and heartbreaking to know how much progress I have lost, at least I know I can get there again.  I have done it once, and I can do it again!

4 comments:

  1. Woohoo! That's all good news. And starting over means you get to hit all of those milestones again and feel just as good about them! You have so much fun ahead of you.

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  2. Yay!! Slow and steady wins the race. You'll get back to where you were and then even further! :)

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  3. Great news!! Don't be so hard on yourself and think of it like this- you can really focus on your form now and take your time to perfect it, which will help minimize future pain, too! Welcome back! :)

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  4. That's awesome, welcome back!! Just think of it this way- you can take the time to make sure your form is great so that way you can help minimize any future injuries with your legs, too! Remember to enjoy it! :)

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