Context: I am currently a senior in HS. Had a pretty solid summer of base building for XC and workouts were just beginning to "click" in mid-September. However, in late September, I was involuntarily hospitalized due to complications from anorexia, which I have been struggling with for about a year and a half now. I was released about two weeks ago, but I was strictly prohibited from exercise. My doctors still don't think it's a great idea for me to return to running, but technically there's nothing on my medical file right now that says I can't run. I really want to have somewhat of a cross country season, and I have missed running and competing so much, but I have no clue where my fitness is at after a total of three weeks completely off. Should I try to hop back in for the XC post season or should I just continue resting and focus on coming back for indoor track?
To me, "involuntarily hospitalized due to complications from anorexia" says that you should follow exactly what your doctors say. And "strictly prohibited from exercise" says that running is out right now. I'm sorry about your senior cross country season, but if you want to enjoy running again, you have to get healthy. Focus on that first. Talk to your doctors about what you need to do so you can get to that point.