Captain, you’ve been cleared for takeoff.
Yesterday, I got the go-ahead to return to running from my doctor and boy was I ready for it. It’s been almost a month and while I’ve been keeping busy with cross training, my legs and head are anxious to pound some good ol’ fashioned pavement.
The psoas muscles have calmed dawn, the inflammation is dissipating and with continued work on strengthening my glutes and stretching, I should be ready to get back in the game.
To be honest, while I’ve been slowly running three to five miles a max of three times a week, I can notice a clear loss of fitness. My legs are slower and heavier, my heart beats a little bit harder, and then my head starts to play games on me and I find myself saying some not-so-uplifting things about my personal ability.
Chicken Face reassures me that, “Babe, you’re FINE,” but I can’t help but to get a little down on myself about how much fitness I’ve lost over this rest period. But I know that he’s right…with time and hard work, I’ll be back, hopefully even stronger than before.
So for now, I’m going to focus on running to run. I’m going to try and avoid brining my Garmin with me as glancing at the watch will surely send my head into illogical rants. Instead, I’m going to run based on perceived exertion. I’ll try to jump back into my Las Vegas training plan, but the doc did say, “You better not go out and run 13 miles this weekend…it needs to be a gradual build.”
Will Las Vegas be the PR crusher that I had hoped it would be? Who knows right now. But will I be back in action come race time? You better believe it.
What do you do to get back in the game with a loss of fitness?
Oh, and because I hate blog posts without photos, here’s a random one (albeit a horrible iPhone photos) of the costume I think Chicken Face should have been for Halloween instead of the “runner” that we can all agree looked totally normal:
Happy 11.1.11 and Happy Running!