It feels like I've dropped off the face of the world in this part of my life.
After managing to complete c25k in October and loving every minute, I managed to continue on with 3 runs a week. Through all the cold weather and dark nights I carried on out of sheer love for running, fitness and endorphins right into December! I'd got my 5k distance down to 33 mins and was working towards a 30 min run. I'd even got my first Parkrun under my belt!
However in that month my mum-in-law was taken ill and passed away after a short stay in hospital. Obviously, everything went out the window and my other half and his family became my priority.
Following the funeral and the onset of Christmas, my routine became much harder to return to. I kept up with a couple of runs but nothing near as disciplined as I had been.
Come new year, the January blues hit me hard. I guess a mix of post Christmas burn out, grief and my depression all got too much and I was no longer interested in running. I did still really want to do it but it had become so much harder to motivate myself and so much easier to stay in and sleep.
However, January has ended. I can see the difference in the sunset times now. Today is Imbolc in the Pagan calender which marks the mid point between the winter and spring equinoxes. Basically, it's the promise of spring. It means a lot to me. I feel rejuvinated and like I'm rejoining the land of the living after a long hibernation.
So what better time to at long last pull back on my trainers and set off on my running journey again.
Not sure how much fitness I would have lost by now, or how quickly I can regain it, I decided to play it safe and take Laura with me once again and started from week 3 just to "dip my feet in the water" as it were and test my ability. I also wanted to start from somewhere achievable to give me the motivation to continue. I think I'm capable of longer but didn't want to be proved wrong.
The run itself was difficult to judge. The running parts soon had my out of breath and questioning my ability, however the walking parts saw very quick recovery. I completed the podcast but felt I could have easily done more reps of the same. Upon reaching home I didn't feel tired or achy legged like I thought I might. Barely felt like I'd been for a run at all, in fact.
I'm going to give myself a rest day and then go out again on Tuesday. I may give week 4 a go to push myself along a little quicker.
Ideally I would like to be back up to 30 mins running for March. I think this could be doable. Then I'll be back on track to continue and up my training for a 10k later in the year.
It feels so good to be back. I got so many benefits from running. I felt better physically and mentally. I slept better. I was toning up. I loved the routine and structure. I loved the endorphins.
I am determined to not let what I built up go to waste.