This week I’ve been back into my running routine. Although, the length of my runs are a bit abbreviated for now. I got out of the habit of running when I was so sick and it made me slow to fall back into things so it’s been about six weeks since I’ve run. Ugh. No wonder I was feeling so low.
This week I’ve picked it back up. I can definitely feel my lungs have tightened up a lot. It amazes me how quickly that scar tissues surrounding my lungs stiffens back up. Exercise is a definite must for me now for my pulmonary health. If I want to have any kind of lung capacity I have to keep this up.
I do listen closely to my body and I do not push myself too hard. This week I’ve only been able to do about twenty minutes total and I’ve been dividing it by walking for five minutes, running for ten and walking for five. It is frustrating to once again have to go slowly back into things but I think it should pick back up more quickly. Next week I’ll increase my time by five minutes and just keep going incrementally up from there until my lungs feel like they are back where they should be. At the end of my ten minutes I can feel the part of my lungs that is attached to my diaphragm pulling and it hurt so I knew it was time to be done running and walk.
It’s still too cold for me to run outside so I’m stuck on the treadmill. But that also means that I have at least a month or two before I’ll be doing any races so I have plenty of time to get back up to a 5K and my goal for the early summer is to get in a 10K and hopefully even a triathlon in there too.