I've taken some down time to focus on lab and interviews. I feel like a cigarette smoker now that I'm starting up again. I've definitely lost fitness. My lungs burn and ache when I run. It sucks, but I know I will get there again. Generally, you lose fitness 2x as fast as you gain it. B/c it's been about 6 weeks of a steady decline, I can expect at least 12 weeks to get back to where I was as long as I take it slow and watch out for injury. It's tempting to push it b/c I remember where I was, but I know I will kill myself if I jump into it too fast. I'm trying to be steady and consistent.
I was doing 2-3 workouts a day before. I tried to do that yesterday, but I was too sore. So I'm content with 1 good quality workout a day for now until I'm less sore. Remember that workout Sunday? I thought I wasn't sore? Hah! I was screaming in pain last night. It felt like I had just finished a 12 mile run!
However, I went for a nice 4 mile run yesterday. I took it slow and accepted that I wouldn't be able to go as fast. It was a bit harder but doable as long as I didn't try to go too fast. I had to let people pass me. It was annoying b/c a few weeks ago, I would have been passing them. Oh, well. That's how it goes sometimes. I was going to do a bike ride last night but was too sore so focused on ironing instead. At least I was productive!
I'm accepting where I am right now. I'm refocusing on getting into shape, getting into a routine, and staying there. It will give me energy and confidence that I need to graduate. Lab is my first priority. There's always next season. It's about knowing when to push, and knowing when to back off. These are important lessons for the obsessive-compulsive people like me. I'm learning a lot. I know there are many others who have to take unforseen breaks in their exercise regime. Everyone has to once in a while. It's not the end of the world. Stay tuned and join me as we get back into it. We'll get there. One step at a time.