In early September, I had joked that as soon as the race ended, I would embark on my Half Marathon to Couch (HM2C) program, the reverse of the ever-popular Couch to 5K (C25K) program that everyone raves about. Little did I know how true that was. In less than 24 hours, I went from running half-marathon distance to sitting with my foot propped up for nearly eight weeks.
But no more! Now I am finally free of the boot, free to walk and free to exercise! Low-impact exercise, anyway. I get to spend the next month and a half doing nothing but walking, swimming, Pilates, yoga and cycling as I build up my strength, stamina and balance.
My bootless days have been more challenging than I expected. My foot is achy and stiff, less from the break itself (I think) than the fact that it’s gone unused for close to two months. Getting those muscles back in gear isn’t as easy as I would have hoped. After all those months of building strength, it only took eight weeks to send me back to square one.
But of course, since I’m back at square one, guess what I’ll be doing starting January 1: C25K, just like thousands of resolution-makers everywhere. Ah, the world comes full circle, doesn’t it?