I am getting my mojo back.
Over the last couple years but especially this past winter I developed some serious prolapse issues which resulted in my stopping running and any other high impact activity.
On February 26, 2018 I had pelvic reconstructive surgery — a hysterectomy and a bunch of other stuff to fix my insides — and then I couldn’t do any exercise at all for six weeks.
As soon as I got the go ahead from the doctor, I started exercising again.
I couldn’t wait to start running again, but it had been months since I’d run any distance at all, and I was really out of shape.
I started out really small. I would run only for a minute and then walk for four minutes and repeat that five times. I didn’t want to overdo it.
In about two weeks I was able to run a couple miles — slowly! — without stopping.
There is a two-mile loop I run when the kids are at swim practice. I decided I’d time myself on that loop once a month or so. My goal is to be able to run that in under 18 minutes. Holding under a nine minute mile for more than a mile is something I haven’t been able to do in about four years.
The first time I timed the 2-mile loop was on April 26th, exactly two months after my surgery. I averaged 11:38/mile.
That’s not fast for anyone who is a serious runner, but I was pretty happy to be able to run two miles without stopping two months after surgery.
Over the next six weeks I tried to run a couple times a week. Some weeks I did, some weeks I didn’t, but I was fairly consistent. And six weeks later I retimed myself and I averaged 10:33/mile.
I was really happy about that! Over one minute per mile faster in six weeks. Great progress!
Last night I did the same loop again.
A month later I was able to average 9:48/mile.
Yes!!! Almost two minutes/mile faster than the first time I did it under three months ago.
I am making great progress.
If you’ve been following along for the last couple months, you know I’ve been trying to lose some weight after gaining about thirty-five pounds over the last three years.
But equally as important to me, I want to get stronger and fitter and healthier overall.
And I’m doing it!
I haven’t worked out like a total psycho. I have worked out probably 90% of the days in the last three months, but usually only about 30-45 minutes a day — sometimes a little more and sometimes a little less and a few days nothing at all.
So nothing crazy.
But consistency is paying off.
And I feel great!
And now I’m off for a Saturday morning run while it’s still quiet and cool outside. A month from now I’m hoping that average pace is under 9:30!
If you could use some help getting your butt into shape (or into better shape) or just living a more active lifestyle, my next e-course is open for registration and starts Monday, July 23rd.
I’d love to have you join me in feeling good about your body.
For the first time in a while, I feel great about mine, and I feel great in mine.
And you deserve to feel that, too.
We all do!