Nearly three weeks ago I had a minor surgery on my hip and although it was keyhole it really knocked me for six. It's really tough when you are used to being busy and active to just stop. Two weeks rest feels like a long time but it's what the doctor ordered so who am I to argue.
It gave me plenty of time to plot my return to fitness and maybe even book a race (more about that an another time). In the first week walking to the end of the street was a twenty minute round trip (320m). The one satisfying thing was that when you can't walk very far you can see clear progress when you literally manage to turn a corner. Day by day things were starting to return to normal and at the end of week two I managed the 2.5 miles walk to my besties house (where I managed to convince her to sign up for parkrun yaay).
So when can I get running again? It's really down to listening to my body and taking it gradually, as frustrating as that seems. I asked the lovely folk on #ukrunchat if anyone could suggest a beginner plan (not app) and Mike (@doublenegativeM) suggested the run/walk plan here.
I specifically didn't want an app based one as running is one of the only times I'm not on my phone and I like that time unconnected, saved just for me. Sometimes I listen to podcasts on my tiny iPod shuffle (old school) but after the first 5mins I've often zoned out of that too.
I've managed to do the first week with my third session actually slowest (I think I was tired from the first full week of work). Naively though I'm wondering will this back to basics approach actually improve my speed? Next week I'm up to two minutes of running each rep so again my progress is really tangible, which is good for my enthusiasm to actually get out of the front door in the first place!
I'm a bit reluctant to set a goal to be back running X km by such and such a day as I don't want to put that pressure on myself. I'm hoping to improve my self discipline and aid my recovery by following the plan and seeing where it gets me.