I planned to take a few weeks of recovery following the marathon in October, but that few weeks ended up stretching into a few months, and now I'm struggling to regain the fitness that I've lost and get back into a regular running/workout schedule.
I've lost strength and endurance, and I've gained quite a bit of weight. I'm not happy. In fact, I'm pretty disappointed in myself. I slipped back into old habits and started indulging in too much junk food and spending too much time on the couch. Now I feel sluggish and soft, and I'm angry that I did this to myself.
I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to get back into the swing of things. I set a training schedule for myself, I purged my kitchen of all junk food, and I started tracking my meals and snacks. Yeah...it hasn't been easy or enjoyable. My long runs are...not very long. Speed work is painful and terrible again. And strength training? Don't get me started about my current hatred for strength training.
It is a lot harder getting back on the horse than I thought it would be, but I know that if I work hard and stick to a schedule, then I'll eventually lose the weight and regain my fitness.