This is where I've been running for the past week. As you can see, it's nice and flat which I think is a very good idea for the reasons explained below and since I've not run for 3 months due to a foot problem.
I was so excited at the thought of that first run back! Where to start? What time of day? Where will I run? Will my foot be ok? Only you fellow runners will know what it felt like when I took my Garmin out of the drawer and charged her!! Oh how I've missed you sweetie! ( aren't we nuts?).
Anyway I decided to run in the arboretum nearby (very lucky) as it's mostly flat and I thought that was sensible for the first couple of runs. I took the advice from many of you here and took it nice and slowly and thought I'd listen to my body and see how far I could go. In my head I was thinking I could do 10 minutes (I had been cycling and doing weights and thought I'd kept my fitness levels up) .
Ten minutes? I wish!!!
After a couple of minutes I was puffing and panting and my breathing was all over the place, my legs felt heavy and it was so hard! It was a hot day so I'm blaming that! Anyway, I thought there was no way I could have run for 10 minutes. So I slowed right down and did what I could which in the end was 3 x 3 minute runs with a minute walk in between.
Obviously running uses different muscles from cycling but bloody hell it was tough! But I was back! No niggles, no pain and the foot was not complaining.
That was last Wednesday and I've built up slowly since then and yesterday did a continuous run of 12 minutes. I'm happy with that and I'll build up slowly. I'm just so happy to be back out there, regardless of the distance or time.
Thanks very much to those of you who kept me going during my absence with your words of support and encouragement. It meant a lot.
PS I think my addiction is getting worse!