Yesterday was what I would consider my first harder workout since released from surgery. It was more or less my base testing. Where am I? What are my weaknesses? How and where should I focus?
I originally was planning on doing the following:
- 1 mile warm-up
- 1 mile hard
- 5 rounds of:
- 10 push-ups
- 15 sit-ups
- 15 body weight squats
- 1 mile run (hard)
- 1 mile cool down
I wanted to time the hard miles and and middle section so in another month or so I would have some understanding of how far I have come. I did have to deviate a little from my original plan and cut the second hard mile. My body wasn’t feeling it. My core is so weak from surgery that running at a ‘faster’ speed and doing just a small amount of sit-ups made me achy. I do not want to push myself any further than what I know is safe at this point. So, here is how it felt. The first warm up mile made me realize how badly I need them. Warming up is necessary!! I took off to run the timed mile and knew I wasn’t going to be happy with all the fitness I have lost. I focused on my form and breathing just hoping I would be able to stay sub 10. Which for me…sucks. I just kept thinking about how I used to be able to run sub-9 so easily and now I am pushing to run my old easy pace. 😦
I was really easy to start dropping down into that barrel of self defeat. I had to give myself several pep talks in the course of that first mile. I also had a couple twinges from the left side of my incision, so I had to slow it up for a moment, twice. I did get my sub 10 but was not happy at all with how I felt.
I moved onto the 5 rounds of push-ups, sit-ups and squats. I honestly felt so much better than I thought I would through the push-ups. They didn’t get hard until the last set of 10, which for me is great, I haven’t done 50 push-ups in a long time! The sit-ups were a struggle from about 30 on. My core is just really really weak and I know I need to keep working it. Surprisingly though, my incision area never hurt!!! The squats were great as well, during the last set of 15 I could feel the fatigue from running and squatting but still felt strong.
- 3 miles (11:54, 9:52, 12:10)
- 50 push-ups
- 75 sit-ups
- 75 body weight squats (13:23 to complete) (23:15 for workout portion including mile)
I have a long way to go still, but am truly happy with where I am at. Even if I do complain! haha! Having your stomach cut open and being able to still workout and be fortunate enough to have fitness in my life is something I can’t take for granted!!
Hope ya’ll have GREAT workouts today!!
When was the last time you had to make a complete ‘comeback’??? What did you do to help yourself be patient with progress?