One year ago today, I completed a 50-mile trail race 🏃♀️ It's a race I'll never forget thanks to the roaring thunderstorm that pounded us the first 15 miles and turned the rolling horse trails into mudslicked slip and slides. I had the urge to quit a few times, but kept talking myself into going. Too many hours had been invested into training during that summer and fall, I couldn't throw those miles away - I came for the finish.
Now, one year later, I work to rebuild. I had non-running related foot surgery on June 1st and spent the summer recovering, following doctors orders and dabbling in other areas of fitness.
As I've been ramping up the last few weeks, I'm starting to realize how much I really missed it. I get somewhat frustrated when I reflect on losing nearly all of my cardio base, but things are progressing on my Sunday long runs. I've moved up from 5 miles to 6.3 to 7 today.
For those of you out there missing out on something that you used to do - take a step forward to get back there. Don't sit there and regret your former fitness level. Start out with 1 mile, a class, a walk/run combo, etc. Accept where you are now and work on improving one day at a time.