Today I got back out and ran for the first time in over a month. You know what.. it felt good. I never thought I would see the day that I would be excited to run over sitting on the couch watching TV(Shocker is the fact I have watched very little of fall television since stating triathlon) . For this first run I figured a light simple easy run was in order.
I headed out on the sidewalk from the gym and just leisurely set out to run. I kept my posture erect and slightly leaning forward. I focused on my breathing and on my form as I ran the slightly hilly out and back 1.8 mile run. I had run this before and was very familiar with it. My pace seemed a slight bit slower than it was before the hiatus. My lungs and my legs both felt heavy, but the almost 2 miles did not feel too terrible. So it was not too bad, even without running for a month. It felt pretty bad ass this morning being out there running before the sun came up . My legs were incredibly sore from Pilates and weight lifting yesterday, but felt fine after they warmed up. I can’t wait to start seeing my overall pace time go below 16 minutes. I am happy with it for now.
I finished the lunch hour off with 45 minutes of drill and stroke reduction swimming. I noticed my lap time had gone from a solid 58 seconds per 50 meters to 1:04 lap time for 50 meters. I know my form was correct and I was doing most everything correct. It was just that month off degraded some areas a little. With a little bit of work this will be back to normal eventually.
Tonight I am finishing the day off with a class at REI teaching basic bicycle maintenance. Figured this was a good idea as I am a bike owner now. So not a bad day overall. It felt great to run again. Til next time.