Well…we are just over 9 weeks from back surgery. So, the best progress report is this. Just over 9 weeks ago, I could not walk. In the past 7 days I have run over 15 miles. If I stopped there, that is enough good news to celebrate.
It is not all great news but there is not a much bad news either. I put on a few pounds while not running. I also went over 2 complete months with no running at all. So, to say I am a little out of shape if like saying there is water in the ocean.
One of the things I struggle with in general is patience. For example, I run the longest I have run yet which is a 5 mile run. Because I don’t feel great the next morning, I have already declared, I am not sure if a half marathon or marathon is ever in my future again. (Talk about glass half empty!) I was again reminded, I am just a few shorts weeks into getting back.
I have run 9 runs since I have come back. That is right, 9 runs! From not being able to move to 9 runs. Still though, you are reminded each day how you used to feel. You remember what you could do, not what you can do. That reminder is what makes this difficult.
I would agree, 9 weeks and 9 runs into recovery is hardly a problem. Trust me, as I run each day I thank God he has given me this ability and I am so grateful for being able to run.
Will I be able to run a 10k? Will I be able to run a half marathon? Will I be able to run a marathon?
These are all great questions. There are all questions I don’t know the answer to. In reality, I think so. If I did not think so, I would not have tried to run 5 miles this week!
Yes, there are more questions but each day I feel like I continue to answer more. Steady on.