Then I saw her comment on my Riverfest 5k recap and had a moment of clarity. As Kristina pointed out, I have been truly back to consistent running for about three months now and am already only 2 minutes (and change) away from my all-time 5k PR. And actually, most of the progress I've made since surgery has been made in this past month; I am improving exponentially. That's pretty amazing.
My mind is so often in a place of overthinking, which means I analyze each run with blinders on, and I lost the big picture a bit. Kristina's comment reminded me that in the grand scheme of things, I'm doing really well. There will still be setbacks, but things are generally moving forward. And quite smoothly, at that.
|Activity Type||Date||Distance||Avg Pace||Time (minutes)|
|running||April 1, 2018||2.02||9:49||19:49|
|running||April 2, 2018||3.01||10:18||31:00:00|
|running||April 4, 2018||2.31||10:00||23:08|
|running||April 7, 2018||3.08||9:18||28:39:00|
|running||April 10, 2018||3.01||10:14||30:46:00|
|running||April 12, 2018||3.01||10:40||32:04:00|
|running||April 16, 2018||3.01||10:30||31:35:00|
|running||April 18, 2018||2.01||9:00||18:03|
|running||April 20, 2018||4.11||9:44||39:59:00|
|running||April 24, 2018||4.01||10:24||41:41:00|
|running||April 26, 2018||3.27||9:58||32:34:00|
|running||April 27, 2018||2.01||10:10||20:23|
|running||April 30, 2018||4.01||10:08||40:38:00|
This was the first month I experience a run during which I didn't think about my legs because they felt so normal I forgot to think about them. I weaned myself off walk breaks.
An even better longview takes into account the last 12 months. I felt good and normal again in April, and when I look back I see how long it's truly been since I've gotten to experience that kind of normalcy. Now that I'm running again, I sometimes forget how little I was running before. My mileage in April 2018 more than doubles my mileage in the summer of 2017.
|You can clearly see which months I had my surgeries during.|