As the song goes, I'm back in the saddle again. The last 2 weeks have flown by and while I could get used to just chillaxing after work and sleeping in on weekends, that isn't going to get me to Boston in 2016.
The first run back after a layoff is always interesting with so many questions going through your mind; did I lose fitness, how will it feel, will anything hurt, will I remember how to run but once you get back out there everything hopefully falls back into place.
Well, I'm happy to report that everything went just fine on today's 5 miler.
After a decent warm-up I hit the road under sunny, mid-60 skies and felt great right off the bat. Form was right and not a niggle to be had although there was a couple HR spikes in the first half mile or so.
The plan was to keep the HR down in the 132 bpm range so I was a bit slower than I would have liked but speed was not the order of the day. Today's run, as well as the rest of this week, is to get back in the swing of things; taking it slow and easy. With the goal race 6+ months away I have plenty of time to focus on speed. Right now it's about reinforcing my aerobic base.
All in all it was a pretty nondescript run that went as expected except for the last mile and a half or so. After plodding along for 3+ miles I began to notice that I was feeling a little stronger and a little faster with my stride lengthening a bit. Now this shouldn't have been much of a surprise since I was on a flat to declining part of the route but I was also dealing with a 6-10 mph headwind to even things out. I'll take these small victories whenever I can.
If felt good to get out there again and was greeted by Christine with a wonderful breakfast of bacon and eggs when I got back. She's too good to me.
Tomorrow will be a non-run day but I'll get in a short core session. Need to ease back into things and give myself ample time to recover. Except for weekends there will be no back to back run days for a couple months.
And that is that.