a beginner all over again
I know how you feel! After really improving and doing quite a bit of racing, I got ill at Christmas from overtraining and couldn't run till July! Running seemed to really knacker me at first so I began cycling- its less of a jump after being sedentary for so long. You're NOT starting at square 1 again though you may find it useful to organise your training as if you were- that way you should improve quicker, not 'burnout' and increase your confidence.
When you're feeling down on yourself during a run, remind yourself why you are doing this- you are making positive steps towards a healthy lifestyle in the long term, you are allowing yourself space to think and gain some perspective, you are appreciating nature (if you do Xcountry like me!) and getting away from the rat race! Whatever you do don't turn it into a chore or just a means of losing weight- run for runnings sake and enjoy discovering what your body can do.
Acceptance and love for yourself precedes change- it's a natural process- you'll soon be a runner again!
I injured in June and its taken me til last month to get my leg back in order properly. I also have put on a stone. I don't eat crap I just didn't train... Tried to keep CV fitness up with spin/road bike etc but the running fitness still suffers. Then in a moment of madness entered a sprint tri and dragged myself through it with virtually no prior training and ended up having a real laugh. Also gave me some confidence back. I've been sensible with my rehab and pulled out of two 10ks and one Half Mara I had already entered, but there's no point to ruin all that progress. My first runs were awful. I feel much heavier running and its harder work but I know it'll soon drop off again.
Anyway hope you doing alright Sezz...
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