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.
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!
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!