It was my second run since a two week period of virtually no activity (due to sickness). I knew it wasn't going to be fast. I knew it likely wouldn't be easy. I didn't expect it to be quite so hard.
In the end, I did 6 km (3.73mi) in 44:19, giving me an average pace of 7:22/km (11:52/mi). It left me feeling wiped, like I'd worked really hard. To think that just a couple months ago, I was doing 20+km (12.4mi) LSD runs at a much faster pace. It feels like I've lost all my fitness. :(
This, just a day after my first swim in almost 2 weeks. Yesterday, I felt like I needed a break every hundred metres. Towards the end, I did do a 500 metre steady swim, just to prove to myself that I still had some endurance. I have some. But, it was a heck of a lot slower then swims I did even in December.
Having said that, I have to remember that my body will come back from this. I probably won't get back to my blazing fast (for me) speeds from the fall right away. But, I learned how to run from nothing, less then 2 years ago. I'm starting from a heck of a lot more then nothing right now.
And, hey, if I'm running slower, it just gives me more time to look at the scenery...