It’s been a good three weeks since I’ve gotten out for a run (at which point I was smashing personal bests and making great improvements). I had gotten into a healthy habit of frequent running and built up my strength and stamina. I was starting to feel I was getting somewhere and my goal of running an entire 5k started to feel somewhat realistic.
Here I am, three weeks out (due to illness) but I will not let this small, yet significant setback do any more damage. It may take a while for me to get back to where I was, and I may not achieve my goals as quickly as it once seemed, but I will get there. A huge part of physical exercise for me is the mental battle. When I set out with an ‘I can’t do this’ attitude, I won’t. When I set out with an ‘I can do this’ attitude, I will, or at least I’ll do a much better job. You have to believe in yourself to succeed, and you have to motivate yourself to progress.
I went out for a short 3k to assess the damage of my time out and I was honestly shocked at how hard I found it. I couldn’t run it all, in fact I had to stop twice, and even at that it was a serious struggle. That said, I will go out and try it again tomorrow and build myself back up slowly but surely.
It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.