I had zero, zilch, none, absolutely no cardio for 4 weeks, where I then took a 15 minute leisure walk. I then gradually increased the speed and time until I was power walking 30 minutes 3 times a week with a rest day in between. I then started incorporating short runs (started with 5 minutes, then 10, then 15 and have plateaued at a 20 minute run, 10 minute walk) with a total time of 30 minutes. It has taken me 3 weeks after my 4 weeks off to work my way up to a 2 mile run. I felt minimal pain (maybe a 2 on the pain scale) and will stay at 2 miles for another run or so to see how I feel.
But as we were out on a family drive this weekend, I realized
that I needed some River Therapy, even if that meant going for a leisure walk. I just needed to get back out there, even if I don't really feel apart of anything at the moment. I needed to get back out there on the River Front.
So today, I drove to City Island hoping for a 2 mile run (my first outside run - my first run in the cold). The view was breathtaking.
Tomorrow will be a better indicator of if I overdid it. But today, well today, mentally I needed to get out there. I needed some time to think, pray, and take in nature. I needed some River Therapy - Running Style.
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