Do you all remember progress reports? I think they were like report cards only for a shorter time frame. Mine were typically good because I’m a goody two shoes with the occasional “talks too much in class” deal. Shocking, I know.
In thinking of progress reports this morning I figured I’d write my own progress report with my return to running. I’ve been back up and running since my six week hiatus that ended on Saturday, March 2nd. I marked this return by running a 5K because I’m dumb like that. I then followed that up with a half marathon because, again, I’m so pretty
I’ve been back to running for almost four months now and it’s been quite a challenge. I kept hearing people say that it would come back quickly but honestly, “it” hasn’t. My current state of running isn’t quite where it was when I left off but “it” is getting there. In case anyone isn’t aware, DO NOT attempt a return to pre-injury or pre-hiatus running during the summer. In a word, it’s been….soul crushing.
The silver lining in this so far bleak post is that I mentally feel better about where I am as a runner. I was killing myself initially and feeling bad every week at track when I lined up two or three groups behind where I was. But, I am truly seeing some progress every week and in the life of a runner you sometimes have to think about where you are right now and not dwell on the past. This has been a big lesson for me and it’s one that I’m not totally good at. Yet.
So, here it is, my progress report.
In my comeback to running, I’m giving myself a 6.2 average. I definitely need to work on a few things and I probably should have added in “mental training” cause lord knows I have been a work in progress on that end. Ultimately, I’m giving myself a pat on the back because coming back to running is not easy. And again, being happy to run at all is really where it’s at.
Ever given yourself a progress report? What would you add in or take out?
LOL "Sooooo pretty" 🙂
You're doing good Boo and you're getting better every week. Don't be too hard on yourself, if could always be worse. Just think of your first few years running/pace. That should put a smile on your face during your next run.
I love this idea! I think you're doing great, and I think the fact that you're not missing speedwork is probably even better. Coming back is hard no matter what, and doing it as it is heating up is even harder. I'll definitely heed your advice and not start my comeback to running in the heat. Oh wait. 😀
I like the concept, but you don't need to be so hard on yourself. it comes back in stages, and rebuilding that base after an injury timeout isn't easy. Or maybe you could say that a 6.2 is right where you should be.
You're doing awesome, it's great that you can recognize what you are doing well and what you would like to work on.
I should do this for myself…basically it would say "seriously lacking core work" "needs improvement on slowing the eff down on easy runs" and "A for effort on getting in the pool more for tri training"
I'm cracking up that you're giving yourself a progress report! I think you're doing just fine. You're right, coming back is not easy!