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Lingering COVID or just very out of shape... (Read 71 times)

BeckstheJogger


    I don't know how much I should be worried, so I hope someone can offer some advice. I'm an early 40s woman, if that is helpful...

    As of the fall of 2019, I was a half-way decent runner - could run a 7 minute mile, generally could finish a 5k (depending the course) between 24-30 minutes, had done a few half marathons, started doing (and loving) a bit of ultra-running - and then in January 2020, I broke my foot (stupid injury playing with the dogs, not running related). First period of inactivity.

     

    After it healed, I started to return to running, slowly, but then I got COVID (a very mild case). After that, I went into a mental slump and pretty much stopped exercising altogether (other than walking the dogs) from the fall of 2020. 

    Now it is mid-2021, and I'm trying to get back into it, and it. is. brutal. I've been out about seven times so far, and I cannot run a mile. My lungs are BURNING. My legs are lead. Coming back from injuries and time off in the past has *never* been this bad or painful, though I've also never been *this* inactive for *this* long. 

    I guess my question is...is this normal? I've been pretty active since I was a kid, so I've never had a period of ~10 sedentary months, so maybe this is just the reality of being in really bad shape? Or do I need to worry something else might be going on?

     

    Right now I understand why people say, "I hate running". I don't want to hate running.

    Half Crazy K 2.0


      I guess my question is...is this normal? I've been pretty active since I was a kid, so I've never had a period of ~10 sedentary months, so maybe this is just the reality of being in really bad shape? Or do I need to worry something else might be going on?

       

      Right now I understand why people say, "I hate running". I don't want to hate running.

      More than likely, yes, totally normal after extended time off. It can't hurt to have a physical to make sure nothing is going on.

       

      I had pnuemonia & an "unspecified viral illness" (yea, it was probably covid) in February of 2020. I didn't run at all that month. I needed to sit & rest when taking a shower. The first few runs back were absolutely awful. I was doing about a 1:1 of running and walking, even after a minute or two at what would normally be an easy pace, my heart rate would jump. Each week, it seemed to get a little less awful. It was probably about 2 months before I felt like I was back to where I had been. With a longer layoff, you are mostly starting over, but chance are, if you've been active your whole life, it will come back. It just takes time.

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      Uffda

        After a Tri in the summer of 2018, I took like the next six months off. I had personal stuff going on in 2019, so I didn't do a lot of running. 2020 was COVID, so with nothing to train for, I didn't run much until November. It's been hard. I'm just trying to be consistent. The 2021 in 2021 run game has helped a lot, specifically keeping me accountable to hitting my 20 mpw goal.

         

        I did notice that my resting HR has dropped to something decent. At my post-COVID weight my HR when I run is still much higher than I would like. I'm probably close to 35 seconds slower at my easy pace than I used to be, and I haven't done hardly a stitch of tempo/MP work.

         

        So this past week I started counting calories. If I can get my weight down, my pace will improve. Consistency is key to getting back on track. Your pride will also take a few lumps, but you have to roll with it.

        - Andrew

        CanadianMeg


        Kicking Asphalt for 2021

          We've had a few members of our RA community deal with COVID. I think what you are dealing with is very normal. Maybe try doing more walking or doing a walk-run as you build back up. Start from where you are, not where you were before. Your easy pace won't be the same, but you are still a runner. It's in there. It just will take some time. Don't give up. Smile

           

          Older thread but post to it and you'll likely get replies as some of those runners are still around. (I thought they had a group as well but I didn't see it on my quick look.)

          Post COVID support group and discussion

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            Do this for up to 30 minutes and stop. Report back here how it went.

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              M58

              One thing I noticed after I got past the halfway point (40 years old) is that it takes longer and longer to recover from "down time" or injury. After weeks of no running I'll definitely be surprised at how much effort I have to expend just to run a few miles at what was previously "conversation pace". Having little or no cardiovascular activity for 10 months will definitely take 6-10 months to recover from. And if you're past the halfway point, you're also fighting the decline in performance, so if you get back to where you used to be before the nearly year long absence, you're actually BETTER than you were then.

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