About two months ago, I excitedly announced that John and I had started the Couch to 5K Running Plan. Ideally, we would have been able to do the plan’s nine weeks consecutively, but life got in the way. Since January of 2016, I had been dealing with horrible pain in the left side of my face (sinus headaches, tooth/jaw pain, etc.). I had a cracked wisdom tooth, an impacted wisdom tooth, and a sinus cyst, along with my usual TMJ problems. Not an easy combination. If you follow my Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of my posts about this situation. I had been told that there was a good chance that getting my wisdom teeth out might alleviate some of my symptoms, so to make a long story short, I had wisdom teeth surgery on September 7th. I won’t go into too many of the details because I’m planning on writing a longer post about my surgery experience soon (that may include a video of me when I was loopy after anesthesia!).
The first week and a half of my recovery went really well. Then, while on a trip to visit my mom’s side of the family in Tennessee, I caught a chest cold and started having symptoms that matched the symptoms of internal bleeding. Which was scary. We thought maybe I could have internal bleeding from all of the antibiotics and ibuprofen I had to take pre and post-surgery. I continued having these symptoms for over a week, so I went to the doctor to get tested for internal bleeding. The tests came back negative. However, I still kept having the same symptoms for the next few weeks (even during our recent vacation to New England). It’s scary to not know what is wrong with your body. It’s only been within the past two weeks that I seem to be back to normal. We still don’t understand exactly what happened and if it’s connected to the medications, but regardless, I’m so grateful that I seem to have gotten over whatever it was.
With all of that going on over the past two months, I had to focus on getting better, so we weren’t able to do Couch to 5K for a while. But the good news is, I was finally able to jump back in and we just finished Week 2! We also signed up for two upcoming 5Ks: the Turkey Trot and the Jingle Bell 5K, which both benefit the YMCA!
After all the worry about my health over the past year, it feels really good to be able to run and get back into a routine. Whenever I was trying to keep running during Week 2, I reminded myself of how grateful I am that my body is healthy enough to be able to run and it gave me some motivation to keep going. So without further ado, here’s my Couch to 5K Week 2 Update:
[Week 2: Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.]
Week 2, Day 1: I was a little nervous about running again after not doing much exercise for almost two months, however it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I was thinking it would be. Since the last time we ran was in August, it was a little cooler outside now that it was mid-October, which felt great since we didn’t get as hot.
Week 2, Day 2: We ended up not having enough daylight to run outside, so we decided to go to the gym. I hadn’t run on a treadmill in forever and felt like I would hate it. But I actually ended up enjoying it. There’s something about the consistent pace of the treadmill and the climate control of the gym that made it seem easier, so that was interesting.
Week 2, Day 3: For the last day of Week 2, we decided to run outside at our usual park. Out of all 6 days so far, this was my least favorite one. I felt sluggish physically and my chest started hurting towards the end. Part of the problem was that we chose a route that went uphill towards the end, so that didn’t help things either. Regardless though, I pushed through and got it done. I knew if I stopped early I would be disappointed in myself.
So that’s my update for this week. Check back next week for my Week 3 update! Also, I’m linking up with the Ember Grey blog for Grateful Heart Monday. If you’re interested in joining a linkup filled with awesome people and positivity, definitely check it out!