So, I said I would be keeping track of my attempt to get fit again and, damn it, I will do it even though only one person commented and encouraged me to do so!
Anyway, I have happy news: Last week, I only got two runs done, the first was about 5k and the second was 8k. I was pretty happy with this because I had only done two runs (each consisting of only 3k and 5 k, I think) throughout the whole of 40DFL (which lasted just over 5 weeks) and before that, I’d just been the using the exercise bike that I recently bought. I worked out pretty hard on the bike, but I still find running much more tiring, which is probably why I prefer cycling 😛 Anyway, I got those two runs done on Monday and Wednesday last week, I think, and then I was away Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the Sacred Triduum. During that time, I barely moved (to be honest, I was kneeling in church for a good few hours everyday! I have developed a flat patch on each knee which doesn’t seem to be fading. Not very attractive, I have to say). I was staying with some new people who were so friendly that I spent hours chatting away with them. So, when I returned on Easter Sunday, I expected to have an awful run. Not so! I ran the 8k again and found myself not even thinking about it as I was on the last 200m, which is usually so difficult. I was just plodding away, looking at the scenery…that almost never happens to me. I could have done another lap of the block if it hadn’t been so dark by that point (on a good proportion of my run there is no pavement, so I must be careful). Today, I went out again, but about half an hour earlier (I much prefer running in the evening to running during the day. I despise running in the morning, but will do it if I have to…). This evening, I did the 8k route and felt good, so I did the second lap of my block and got it up to almost 11k! I am absolutely amazed! I haven’t done over 5k for months and months and now I’m up to 11k and I wasn’t even that tired. Had it not been dark by the time I finished that second lap of my block this evening, I could probably have done the whole basic 8k route again! Really, I can only assume that God knows how much I desperately want to get back to where I was a couple of years ago (both physically and in terms of my fitness level) and that because of 40DFL and attending mass so often in the past couple of months, He has given me this grace! I know that sounds silly but you don’t go from nothing to 11k in a week, do you?! I’ve been running since I was 16 and I have always struggled with the routes I am doing now as they are really very hilly and some of the hills are stinkers. I’m very happy and encouraged. Thanks be to God! He knows me through and through.