I've said it before, and I'll say it again:
"Injury, and returning from an injury, are humbling experiences. . ."
Last week at my follow-up with my sports doc I was cleared to begin running again. Since then I have logged a few half milers and each have been a humbling experience. Starting over from scratch is something I'm familiar with, but that doesn't make it any easier.
Last time I rebounded pretty quickly because I stayed as active as possible the whole nine months I was out, but this time I didn't. This time I took the recommended time off in hopes that it would speed along the recovery. It sorta worked. Almost five months (including one premature release) is much faster than nine months, but it's still a long time to be doing a whole lot of nothing. I know that time and patience will produce progress, but man, losing your endurance is a b*tch. Two laps around the track are much harder than I remember!