I hadn’t run in 17 days.
My emotions were running the full spectrum: nervous, scared, discouraged, anxious.
Did I mention scared?
I was going to wait til today, just to give myself the full weekend to rest after Disney, but I’m an impatient kind of gal. I had to see what I could do.
I intended to be up and out by 6:00 AM, but I just couldn’t do it and Mr PugRunner slipped into my running spot. He said he was only going out for a quick outing, so I was ok with spending a few extra minutes in bed. He even texted me when he was heading back, so I could be ready to go. Very thoughtful.
And then, I was in my running shoes and outside.
After some consideration, I decided to go back to Week 5 of my 5-10K training. It was a recovery week, starting with an easy 15 minute run, sandwiched between a five minute warm up and five minute cool down. I figured that would be a nice test run, no pun intended.
I ran the full 15. My legs felt good and I didn’t have too hard of a time falling into a groove.
I was slower than the first time I did this particular workout. Not incredibly slower (1.9 miles in the full 25 minutes down from 2.12), but slower, nonetheless. While it was to be expected, I was disappointed in myself and my performance. I know it will get better, but it was also kind of a slap in the face. Maybe it’s not even a “bad” but a “not so good.” I don’t know. I’m sure I’ll get a better perspective on it in a day or two, but I’m still bummed.
I’m still experiencing some issues from the surgery. My jaw and throat are still sore, especially when I wake up and when I’m tired. I also have a mucous issue from everything getting back to normal. It’s not congestion and it’s not major, but the combination of that and the throat impair swallowing and breathing. Additionally, it’s still difficult to properly hydrate and nourish myself. I can eat and drink to a point, more than I could this time last week, but it’s hard. My swallowing is still off and things get stuck. Meals end up being more exhausting than anything else. Drinking is also a challenge, and I really have to push myself to make sure I’m getting enough water in a day.
For the most part, each day is an improvement, but I have also been pushing myself pretty hard, so it’s possible that I’m not giving myself enough time.
I’m hopeful. Really, I am. I just need to focus on the positives, and the fact that my body seems to know what to do, even if I’m having some small struggles. I’m not looking for any kind of PR in my upcoming 5K, but I’m glad I have a short-term goal towards which to work. If I can just get over the small hurdle, I’ll be in a better state of mind for the bigger challenges to come.
How do you cope when you are limited, either by a running injury or something unrelated?
What are your workout plans for the week?