I’ve lost count of how many weeks past surgery I am. I guess that’s a good thing really, I’m feeling more removed from it and more like myself again.
It will be one month tomorrow that I was given the ok to start running again. I had a goal of working out for 30 days straight, but I failed. I missed a total of 7 days in the month, but to my credit a couple of days I worked out twice. So there.
This is our home gym. I mean, really, with a set up like this right in my own house, there is no excuse for not working out.
I also told myself I wouldn’t set any distance, speed or weight loss goals for the first 30 days. I wanted to use that time to just sort of see how it went. I did start the couch to 5k program again from the beginning (well, ok, I skipped week 1 and went straight to week 2) because I knew without a plan, I’d likely push myself to far too fast. I would have injured my body and my self-esteem, and trust me, they have both been through enough in the last year or so.
I’ve been doing well. The first couple of weeks of running I was dealing with some swelling in the foot that I had problems with right after surgery. That seems to have gone away now. I have also had what feels like plantar fasciitis on the bottom of my left foot, except the pain that typically is felt by the heel is instead behind the pad of my foot. I’m not sure what to make of it, but it makes running for more than 3 or 4 minutes uncomfortable.
I’m focusing a lot more on strength training now than I ever did before. At most I would spend 15 minutes doing core work after a bike or run before surgery now, there are days when all I do is strength training, in fact, I’d say I do strength training more than running right now.
Last night I did two 8 minute intervals of running. It’s the longest amount of time I’ve run since getting back to it and it is the first time since getting back to it that I had the same foot pain as before surgery.
I’m going to assume it was just a case of my body getting used to running for a longer amount of time. Next run will be better. It will. I hope.
I officially weigh myself tomorrow and make note of my BMI. I did step on the scale yesterday for the first time since I started running again and I was down 4lbs.
Goals for the next 30 days:
- lose 5 more pounds
- run for 20 minutes without pain
- do 30 minutes or more of strength training at least 4 days each week
Things I promise not to do in the next 30 days:
- sign up for any races
- beat myself up