I don’t think that you can really tell from the above photo but I am BEYOND frustrated with my progress in making my comeback.. I know I’ve got to take it easy, which I am and also follow what my physio says (which I am too) but for someone who pre-September had an “easy” run of 5K, just running over 2K (actually run/walking 2K) is sending me bonkers!
I’ve been on a “comeback” plan for the last month and a bit – running initially 2-3 times max a week, which has then been reduced to 2 runs a week – concentrating on heel raises during the “off” days. So the plan starts with 3 reps of 1 min run/1 min walk in between a 5 minute walk warm up and a 5 min walk cool down. The plan is that the as I conquer a run of reps to move up – or as I was set back thanks to some sneaky shin pain – conquer 2 sets of the same rep run before moving up.
I honestly didn’t anticipate feeling like this, when I was finally given the ok to run I thought all my troubles would subside but instead, they’ve certainly intensified. I want to go out running ALL THE TIME. I want to get better, but I want to start getting somewhere. I want to start piling on the distance and getting back into the running groove.
I know that I still have a good amount of time to get up and at them and prepare for the 21 and a bit miles I’m hoping to run at Disneyland in September, but right now it seems like a crazy and unattainable goal.
So while I battle my mind with this frustration, I’m going to look at ramping up the cross-training in hope that my legs get stronger, and to reduce any calf fatigue I may experience as I increase the reps (and eventually time). I know it’s not forever, and I’m sure when I’m out pounding the pavement with ease at the end of the year, this battle will be a distant memory!
If anyone has any tips on how to combat this frustration – please let me know!! 🙂