5.07.2006

Wishes do come true

Over the last two weeks I have been driving the roads and, occasionally, seen runners out enjoying the spring air. I wistfully wish to be with them, but alas, I have been grounded. Yesterday I was taking a shower and lifted my leg onto a step to apply soap and I saw the most horrible sight: the meat of my thighs was flabby. I was shocked. Now there's not much there to start with but it was less than three months ago that my legs were as lean and rigid as a guitar neck while I trained for the Miami Marathon. I took most of February off to recover (a necessity); got back into running some in March (60 miles) and was ready to crank it up again in April and was doing just so when the bronchitis knocked me out in mid-month. Now it is May.
The meds have run their course. I feel well enough to run which I did this morning within the time window of Susie's little half marathon jaunt. I ran a s.s.d. (slow-short-distance) just to see what I could do. It took a little effort. My strength is diminshed and my aerobic condition has been handicapped by the bronchitis. I remembered a few things about using my left leg more which gave me a boost in pace. Mostly, I just worked to finish, all the while plotting my ramp up program to get back in shape. It was a good day on the roads.

9 comments:

D said...

Hey - thanks for your recent comments - I haven't visited w/you in a while. Coming back from injury or illness is tough both mentally and physically. Good luck.

The Running Red Sox Fan said...

David, thank you for your kind words.
Take it slow and you will be back in action before you know it.
That picture is hysterical!!

21st Century Mom said...

Congratulations on getting back in the game! I'm sure your re- conditioning will happen faster than you expect.

april anne said...

I love your positive attitude. In no time at all your ‘flab’ will be rock, solid muscle. Take Care.

Lara said...

Legs as lean and rigid as a guitar neck...I feel a swoon coming on.

Susan said...

Slow and easy David. Your muscles will remember. You'll be in guitar shape in no time. I'm so glad you are back on the roads!

Rae said...

Glad you were able to get out there! From your title I thought maybe you went to Disneyworld for the day!

Lisa said...

Glad you could get out there and get your run in. Give yourself credit for that alone. The strength will return soon!

susie said...

Hey coach....thanks for your help on this one! Everything felt right.
And I'm glad everything is feeling right for you, too. Take it slowly now...it won't be long before you'll be lean and mean.