Ever since my accident in June of 2010 when I broke both my shoulder and my wrist, I feel like I’ve been fighting to regain the same level of fitness I had that day. I was forced to take over 2 months off from basically any physical activity and it really took it’s toll on my overall fitness. I thought that I would bounce right back, but that has proved NOT to be the case.
Me the day of my accident
Shortly before my accident, I ran the Pittsburgh 1/2 Marathon averaging a 9:53 pace for those 13.1 miles. I gave that race EVERYTHING I had and I know I couldn’t have done any better.
May 2010 August 2011 (10 lbs heavier)
Here I am 15 months post accident and 16 months from my half marathon PR and I find myself wondering, have I FINALLY reached the same level of fitness. The truth is, I don’t know so I thought I’d look back at my Garmin and see what it showed me.
Back in April of 2010 (less than a month before my big PR) I ran a 4 mile training run. The splits looked like this:
Today I set out and ran just about the exact same distance. The splits look like this:
Even though I feel slower in my head, I guess I’m not. I managed to shave almost 45 seconds off per mile from April of 2010 until now. However, even that wasn’t enough proof so I had to look at longer runs too. Here are the results:
September 2011 April 2010
I have put a LOT of hard work into training for this Marathon. If you recall, I started a 24 week training program back in the beginning of June. With eight weeks of training remaining, I feel like MAYBE, just maybe, I’m where I was before my accident. Maybe I am my former self and maybe there’s a PR in my future.
Have you ever been set back from an accident? How long did it take you to regain your previous fitness level?