After more than three months of dealing with my foot injury, I’m more than ready to get back to running and in general being in shape.
I tried to stick with some sort of cross-training while I was injured, but could never really get myself too excited about biking and swimming. I would stick with one of them for a few weeks and then get bored and be unmotivated to keep going.
I think a huge part of the problem was that I didn’t have a plan. When I’m running, I almost always have a training plan or some general outline of what I plan to do. With cross-training, I didn’t really have that.
So as a result, I lost a lot of fitness in the last several months. I know that because the few runs that I have done have been challenging, and my first real gym workout pretty much kicked my butt yesterday.
My friend Sarah works with a personal trainer a few times each week, and since I’m still on furlough with a whole lot of free time on my hands, she invited me to join her at one of her sessions. I was excited to get back into the gym and feel the burn of muscles that have just gotten a really good workout.
Sarah’s trainer was awesome. She knew about my foot injury and kept checking in throughout the workout to make sure nothing we did bothered it.
I think the workout most closely mirrored circuit training. We did strength moves to hit all the major muscle groups and then mixed in short bursts of cardio in between. By the end of the first round of moves, I could tell just how much fitness I’d lost from my injury.
Things that used to come easily to me were leaving me gasping for breath and made my muscles feel like jello. I didn’t have the strength I used to have to do even simple things like pushing weight overhead. I remember when I could overhead press like 56 lbs in CrossFit. Now I struggle to do 8 lbs.
I know I have a long road back and I know the only real way to get there is by taking baby steps so I don’t re-injure myself. And I need a plan. If I’m going to stick with something to get my fitness back I need a solid and defined course of action.
And don’t worry, I have one. I’ll share more on the new plan later!