Carrie's Countdown: Week Seven

I have been having issues with my tonsils for years so this summer in the middle of half marathon training I had to have a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Everyone who I have talked to about the surgery all agreed it was an easy surgery and so I believed the hype and it was definitely a lot harder than I anticipated. The recovery was a lot rougher and took a lot more out of me than expected. Probably the most frustrating thing for a type A like myself is wanting to accomplish so much, but not being able too because I am exhausted. I have had my fair share of injuries and with them I could still be somewhat active, whereas with this surgery it involved a lot more rest. Luckily I had wonderful friends and family that made sure I took care of myself and rested.

So now that I am finally getting my stamina back I am slowly beginning to workout again. I will be doing the Workitout100 challenge as well as running and following the monthly Blogilates Calendar and following the yogalosophy challenge. As I have mentioned in past blogs the goal of workitout100 is to change your lifestyle and be active 100 days in a row including active rest days. I love how Blogilates and Tone it Up do monthly calendars which especially for beginners is a great. The yogalosophy challenge also works about reframing your life style mind and body but you can read more about it next week! I tend to be someone who gets bored of workouts and I like work out classes and these programs all have an online community, which allows for support like being in a class, but in the comfort of your own home.

When getting back into working out it can be tempting to jump in where you left off, but that can be extremely dangerous. You have to slowly ease yourself back into a routine, for instance with recovery after about a solid week and a half I slowly started do more each day even if it made me tired. While getting back into working out it is important to listen to your body and if something is painful or causing a problem you need to stop. Especially with running it is important to take it slowly. I know right now I am just starting with just walking until I am more comfortable back in running. I am going more for mileage right now than speed until I have a little more time.

How do get back in the saddle? What do you do to get your motivation up? Do you have tips to stay focused? Share your story with us through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from now until the High Bridge Half Marathon and 5k on September 6th. Connect with other runners and see where running has led them. Use the hashtag #runfarmvilledowntown to participate.

If you have any questions or want a workout buddy I will be around all summer running and working out so don’t hesitate to say hi or ask me anything. Be sure to tune in on Tuesdays for my weekly blog entry about training and anything running related!

Happy Running!