Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Cardiac Rehab and a Lesson in Patience



I reached a pretty big milestone last week. 

I have been training with my Polar GPS since my surgery last February. It gives you feedback about your training and cardiovascular efficiency after every training session. And try as I might, because I have been rehabbing my heart, I could never get it to read “Steady State Basic Training” and my Running Index has been stuck in the 40’s (aka average)

My heart was simply working too hard. Even though my pace was slow and comfortable, my cardiovascular fitness had not caught up yet. 

Well last week, a full year of running and training later, it FINALLY happened. I ran an easy 10km at a 6:15km/pace and my heart rate was where I needed it to be. My session was “Steady State Basic Training” and my Running Index was 52. I did it! 

My Running Index was good! 
My heart was strong again... maybe for the first time ever (*if I am being completely honest*)

It took a year of consistent training, a marathon, even more training, and whole lot of perseverance – but I made it (robot heart and all). 

It has taken a lot of work to get this point. And it has also taken a lot of patience. I am obviously extremely happy with the progress I have made over the last year, but Rehabbing is Hard. It is frustrating to put in so much work and have not have the times and the strength that you think your effort warrants. The process is slow. And no matter how much you wish you could rush it, change it, and speed through - you just cannot. It is hard to be patient and embrace the process when it seems to come so easy and effortlessly for others. But you have to have faith that you will get there eventually - when you are ready.

Today is proof that no matter where you are in your journey, know that it will get better, and you will be stronger because it. Just keep pushing.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten