Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Open letter to the running community - a.k.a working my way back

Hey guys...

Hoping I can tap in to some positive energy from the awesome folks of the virtual running community.  I'm recently back to running after an extended layoff due to heart issues.  I had heart surgery back in April, and am finally recovered to the point where I have been running short distances several times a week.

My heart is still bearing some residual effects of the procedure, like a new resting heart rate of 80, where it used to be 56.  My mid section is also bearing some residual effects (due to bad food choices and a prolonged period of inactivity), but I'm sure that will self-correct as I start piling on the miles.

I'm just finding that running isn't nearly as much fun as it was when I was in shape.  Huffing and puffing my way through 3 - 4 miles is nothing like the workouts I used to do while training for the half ironman.  The idea of knocking out a solid 8 mile tempo the day after a hard hilly ride or a spin class is squarely in the rear view mirror...

I'm signed up for NYCM - it's my 6th marathon, my 4th NYC - and right now, my only goal is to finish - but the way my runs have been going lately, it just feels like the next 20 weeks are going to be GRUELING.

If any of you have experienced a similar time away from running, I'd love to hear how your brought yourself back...