I am, finally, well. I am, finally, back on the road. I listened to everyone who told me to wait until the doctor said "go!", to go slow, to take it easy. I did ALL that. And man, was it hard! Not at the beginning, when I felt so wiped out that taking it slow was fine. But after a while I was desperate to get out there. Desperate!
But while my time off has made me less fit, has added some pounds and made me overall a little softer, a little rounder, I didn't entirely let this time go to waste. One of my lurking friends emailed me immediately after my last post and suggested I retrain as a personal trainer. I have been thinking about training as a running or tri coach for a while, had googled personal training courses but nothing had really stuck with me. I think the personal trainers at my gym (= muppets) really put me off. They are mostly quite sweet but so young, so annoyingly one-dimensional, so incredibly unable to get anything that does not take place within the gym. (Marathon training? Uh - you need to go outside for that?). Yes I know - a snap judgment. But this friend referred me straight to a credible course and qualification (YMCA) and pointed out that I could so easily run bootcamps and training camps and all sorts of things out here on the farm where I live. I have space in my house to convert a room into a gym - I'm all set! So I have spent the past 3 weeks researching this option, working out a business plan, talking to another personal trainer who lives nearby and who has been incredibly helpful and supportive and generally laying the foundations for this plan. I am hoping that I can start the program in September - there are still some glitches to work out timing-wise and logistically with my family but things are looking positive..
And in the meantime my chest x-ray came back clear, my bloodwork came back fine except for my old friend anemia, and so with iron pills in my hand I am making my way back. 15 miles last week and I'm hoping to get a good 25 in this week. Our summer holidays are finally beginning (11 year old is home, 8 year old has another 10 days to go) and life is a flurry of activity for them but I'm used to this - I can get my workouts in. Only 2 weeks to go till I head out to Portland for the Cascade Lakes Relay so I'm intending to get some twofers in this week (5 in the am, 3 in the pm) and then keep them up next week. My speed is not great at the moment and I am concentrating on the endurance rather than the speed for this race - with so little time to go I think I just need to ensure I can cover the distances rather than try to cover them fast. Right Jen?
So all is good. I am WEEKS behind on all of your blogs but about to head over there now to see what has been going on. The future is bright!