There are a number of things that have contributed to my lack of fitness and consistency with exercise. I decided there is no point in listing them here. The fact is, I am starting again and I just have to accept it.
I have decided to make the most of it.
Rather than thinking, “I am so far behind where I used to be, I cant believe I let myself get this way.” I am thinking, “nailed it! 5k without walking!”
I am setting the kind of goals that any beginner runner would set for themselves:
- A measured increase in distance each week
- Noting pace at the end of each run to see if there is a pattern or improvement
- Include one day of speedwork each week
The next thing for me to do would be to decide on a race that I can work up to.
Having lost so much of my fitness has actually been rather frightening. I don’t really understand why I feel that way about it. Frightening is a pretty strong word. I guess I was feeling so healthy and strong and all of a sudden it was just gone. It was like a switch went off when I wasn’t ready. You’re snuggled up on the couch at night reading a book and one of your kids turns off the light for a joke. You lose your place, your orientation.
My body doesn’t do very well staying still. I will get it moving again and in all the right ways.
What are your goals? Are you starting again?