I already knew I had no muscle. I am a fat person in a small body. Deceiving really. I had a 20 minute session with a trainer at my new gym and I nearly passed out. embarrassing (it did however prevent that trainer from calling again trying to sell her services, so minor win in my humiliation)
When the new year began I was ready to jump back into long distance running, apparently forgetting that I haven't been running long distances since April/May. For whatever imusthavefallenandhitmyhead reason I thought that I could start the new year and go back to RLRF. Then I looked at the workouts and realized that I might survive those workouts, but I wouldn't get much faster. I'd also put tremendous strain on my ankle with that increase in mileage (even if it's Run Less, it's hard to run less when I've barely been running for months)
With that in mind, I've decided to run when I'd like to, walk if I feel like it, attend kickboxing, yoga, and spinning classes and actually complete jillian michael's 30 day shred.
11 days in to the new year and I already feel stronger. My runs are more enjoyable because I've stopped having the I'm running two minutes slower than usual freak out. Being healthy and fit should be fun and not a chore. I'll return to race training in February when my overall fitness level has improved.