However, it was a bit more challenging than I imagined. In part because my lungs were a bit out of practice, making breathing a bit difficult. And in part, because four months’ inactivity means that I am carrying a few extra pounds. But I decided that I would just take it slowly, adding half a mile to my runs every couple of weeks.
My first run was a simple one-mile jaunt in mid-November. It was actually a bit easier on my ankle than expected, although my poor lungs began to stage a protest in the second half of the run. After that, I began working my ankle on an old elliptical machine at home during the week and running on the road at the weekends.
Frustratingly, it soon became apparent that my ankle isn’t ready for more than 2-3 days’ running (or elliptical work) per week. And attempts to stretch my workouts past the 30-minute mark were quite challenging, too. It seems that, even though the bone is healed, the tendons and soft tissue require a bit more tender-loving care. Still, I am getting stronger each day.
I am pleased to be back in a bit of a running routine, and I am going to try a bit harder this winter to keep the momentum going. I normally allow myself to be a bit lazy in the winter, knowing that I will run off any winter weight in the spring. But this winter, I am going to work to lose weight so that I can keep on top of the battle of the bulge. (I am a woman of a certain age now; I really do need to be more aware of these things!)
As for my 2017 running goals, they are still in flux. I have a few ideas for how I want to push myself, but I have to think about how my running goals will fit with my PhD, career, and social/personal goals. Stay tuned to see what I want to achieve in the coming year, and how well I manage!