Easing Back Into Training

For me, May is all about building it up after a minor setback.

After 17 days of persistent right lower abdomen and lower back pain, I finally noticed a significant reduction in pain on Wednesday. It was the first day I didn’t have to take Tylenol every six hours, was able to wear a shirt without wrapping my torso with an ace bandage and I was able to lay on my back on the floor and do legs up the wall for 10 full minutes.  I still chose to take it easy (aka no training) because I was still feeling some fatigue, which will happen when you don’t get a full night’s sleep for over two weeks straight.  I’m incredibly grateful that my case of shingles was mild (albeit still miserable) and I have very few signs of ever having the virus left…just a small scabbed up rash on my back and lower abdomen.

The big “am I ready” test will come on Saturday. Both times I rode my bike during this ordeal I had the horrible pain at night and barely slept, so hopefully that won’t be the case and I’ll be ready to get back to training on Monday.

I know my running fitness should come back relatively quickly, as I only took just over two weeks off. My paces may not be where they were right away, AND THAT’S OKAY. I get to go back to swimming/biking/running and I love my body for it, so I’m not going to go hard right away so I can continue the recovery process (it takes about 4 weeks total).

My half Ironman training plan officially starts on May 22nd, so I have two weeks to ease back into regular workouts. My goal is to get to the “you should be able to complete prior to starting this plan” distances/times:

500 yards continuous swimming
90 minutes of cycling
60 minutes of run/walk

To be honest, I’m looking forward to getting my body moving. I know a few sunrise runs next week + some time on my bike, even if it’s just in the trainer will feel amazing. Okay, and I’m actually looking forward to getting into the pool for some shorter swims.


This morning, 5:45am…my favorite time of day to run. 


How’s your training going?
What is your favorite time of day to run?

6 thoughts on “Easing Back Into Training

  1. You definitely have plenty of time, and your body needs that rest. I didn’t have a good night’s sleep the entire time we were away, and I’m still super tired.

    But I know that I also get sick of doing nothing when I’m sick — and I’m not the antsy type usually!

    Glad to hear you’re on the mend.


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