I have not shared my training recently on here, as October was a month of lots of training obstacles. I still struggle to build back from having Covid in August. I suffered a panic attack severe enough to send me to the ER; since then, I’ve been seeing multiple doctors to eliminate post-Covid concerns and to treat my anxiety. After lots of unplanned rest days, I am optimistic about finally getting back into training – and excited to try out some new running gear.
I will be honest: getting back into training after almost three months of inconsistent running is hard. I took 2.5 weeks off initially after my Covid diagnosis, followed by another several days off after starting back up felt too hard. After three weeks of low mileage, I took another week off due to a cough. I cobbled together a few more three more weeks, only to take a week and a half off due to high anxiety after a panic attack.
I am in the progress of clearing up every possible medical issue. I had a cardiology evaluation and exams on my lungs done. My heart tests all came back clear. I lasted fifteen minutes in the treadmill stress test and the cardiologist said I could gradually increase training without having to worry. I’m pursuing options for managing anxiety; dealing with Covid tipped it from manageable to uncontrolled. I developed asthma-like symptoms (chest tightness, night wakings, throat closing up, sensitivity in my lungs/airways to the cold) after Covid and finally am on an inhaler to manage the symptoms.
Dealing with deconditioning is my biggest obstacle right now. I am much slower than I was before I contracted Covid, partially due to taking so much time off and running low mileage (for me) when I did run. Stroller running has been the hardest, so I’m taking a break from that until I rebuild some semblance of my previous base.
Pending an all-clear on remaining medical tests, my goal is to slowly build up mileage. I ran 20-mile weeks a few times throughout October. Once I can have the peace of mind that I am in good health, my plan is to gradually increase mileage, introduce strides or hill sprints, and recommit to consistent strength training. I do not plan to touch a hard workout for months until I feel like I have solidly rebuilt my base to its previous levels. Slow, sustainable work pays off.
One side-effect of Covid is that my lungs are extra sensitive to the cold. My throat closes up in the cold, my lungs burn, and sometimes I start coughing. I do not know if this is temporary or permanent (hence why I’m checking with a doctor about possible asthma), but I do know it may mean lots of treadmill training this winter until I figure out how to manage it. I’m lucky that we have a treadmill so I can train throughout winter and I’m ready to put in lots of treadmill miles if it means getting fitness back.
I won’t lie: it is hard to feel so unfit, especially after how high my fitness was over the summer. I worked hard to rebuild postpartum and now I feel like I’m back at square one. However, I also know from that experience that fitness builds back. I just have to have patience and embrace the progress.
New Training Gear: Feetures Elite Tempo Collection Socks
New gear always makes running more exciting when trying to rebuild fitness. Whenever I feel like my running needs something a little extra to make it exciting, I pick a new item of high-quality gear to motivate myself. Even something as simple as a new Buff or socks makes it more exciting to face down the slow process of rebuilding fitness.
I recently tried the Feetures Elite Tempo Collection. I will admit upfront that I am a sock snob when it comes to running. The Feetures Elite Tempo Collection socks exceeded my expectations and I am excited to have it in my rotation for upcoming training. I find myself reaching for these socks most times I run; I even wear them throughout the day because they are so comfortable and high-quality.
The socks are incredibly soft and comfortable, whether I’m running out in the chilly cold air or on the treadmill in the basement. In cold weather, my feet stay warm without getting sweaty.
I tried the No Show Tabs; the socks also come in quarter and mini crew heights, which are perfect for winter. Feetures Elite Tempo Collection socks are not just for winter! The wicking and breathability make them a year-round option.
- Targeted Compression: for support and comfort
- Seamless Toe: no blisters and better sock quality
- High Density Knitting: for durability and comfort
- Sustainability: feature 74% Repreve recycled poly fibers
You can find the Feetures Elite Tempo Collection on their website. The socks are available in both men’s and women’s sizes and in a variety of beautiful colors.
Disclaimer: I was sent Feetures socks for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!
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