Week 7 – On The Road To Running

14 Aug

This week, I have had to do everything possible to restrain myself from breaking into a run! My walks, up to 4 miles at a time, are certainly faster and I feel ready to jog. Even though I love all three disciplines of triathlon, running would certainly be my first choice when starting to exercise again. It’s just as well that I’m allowed to run before cycling and swimming!

Wednesday will be the  8 week point in my recovery. 2 months after surgery means, for me, that I can run. I will be attending a cardiac rehab session at the local hospital, followed by a tentative treadmill session at my friend’s house. I’m not sure how nervous I’ll be but having upped my walking speed recently, my heart rate should be used to the exertion. As well as being sensible and listening to my body about how much I can push myself, I want to eliminate the fear I had when I stopped running back in March. Then, whilst out on a group training run I’d panic that I couldn’t breathe and be overly aware of my heart rate. All has now been fixed with my heart and I hope my confidence will grow during each run.

Emotionally, I have been up and down, but ‘the book’ says this is normal!! Let’s just say I haven’t been the easiest person to live with but I envisage this all to change when I’m back doing my usual activities over the next few weeks. I have decided to go back to work in the office the week after next and have at least 2 days off week. This experience has  made me and others evaluate the amount of time we spend working. Not healthy to work 7 days a week for months on end. Financial concerns mean a holiday isn’t on the cards this year but a renewed energy from me when I’m back in the business should cheer us along to Christmas and a possible Alpine break!

This week I have experienced a person staring at my scar for the first time. Others have told me that see people checking out my scar when I’m in public but up until now, I hadn’t noticed. My feelings were mixed. I found some humour in the situation and pride at what I have gone through. I also felt  a little sad that the scar could cause such a horrified look!

Having targets and deadlines is who I am. So my 8 week point next week, and the celebration of running that will accompany it is what has kept me going through this chapter. Over and over in my mind, I imagine how good it will feel to run again. The same with the scenario where I cross the finish line next April with my ideal marathon time.

Mental conquers physical hands down!!

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