It's been a while, and I feel like I've been hibernating for the past five months since my injury.
When bears hibernate they do it for survival. When the temperature dips, their food sources become scarce, so they zone out. For months.
I don't have that excuse. In my case, I hibernated (read: sat on my ass and didn't run) because of... well... laziness. I got the okay for activity in the end of April, and since then have been doing sporadic runs, but without much of routine. That means I wasn't giving myself a chance to get better, and every run was a bit of a struggle.
If you want the honest truth, there have been a handful of times I was fully dressed in my running gear (that means running garb, heart rate monitor, shoes, hair in ponytail, the whole shebang) with a plan in place. Then I sat on the couch.
That's always when Benson and Stabler strike.
An episode of Law & Order (or something) I have seen a billion times comes on, and for some reason I MUST watch it. And what do you know? It's followed by another, and another and another. By now my shoes are kicked off and I am completely horizontal and covered with a blanket. No run.
Long story short, I left running by the wayside for no good reason. But... now I'm back, and it's for real this time, because I don't have a choice. A race is in place, and I don't have time to sit around any more. The last time I posted (waaaaaaaaaaaaay back in April) I said "I'm not running to get across any finish lines... I'm just running to run, and to see where it will take me."
I was rather optimistic. Foolishly optimistic. Whelp, that approach didn't work, so I now have a race to train for. I'm doing the Richmond Half Marathon on November 10th. I'm doing a 12 week program with an "official" start on Monday (although I have been using this week as a tune-up). This is the plan that I have been following this week and will repeat next week (I'm starting off slowly, so please don't judge):
Monday: Run 2 miles
Wednesday: Run 2.5 miles
Thursday: Run 2 miles, weights
Friday: No running, but some cardio
Saturday: Run 3 miles
So here we go again (again)! The official countdown sits at 12 weeks and 2 days!