today: 3 miles
week: 7 miles
65F/54% @ 0600 on Severn Crossing trails
body fat: 15.1%
Today is day four of my most recent come-back attempt. For the past several weekends, I've done a "test" 3-miler with Denise around the lake at Buddy Attick Park. Each week, I have left it at just that one run: even gentle runs on the park's soft surface, flat trail have mildly irritated my PF.
Sunday was different. My PF continued to improve.
Monday, we slipped out for a pre-dawn 3-miler in the neighborhood. It was warm and moist. Mists hung low across the commons and the marsh we run past.
Tuesday was strength training. I have a difficult time doing my strength training if I'm not running. My mind says to me: "If I'm not running, what's the point of anything?" Tuesday morning was different. At 5:45 I was in my gym for a 1-mile treadmill warm up and a full body, 2-set per exercise, mostly compound barbell work out, done to Yes, Van Halen, Led Zepplin, and any other energetic rock my iPod library can serve up.
I woke up this morning with that wonderful feeling of every muscle in my body having been strenuously exercised recently. I monitor my PF first thing every morning. I could feel them very mildly strained. The complicating issue was that Denise is traveling tomorrow. Knowing that running with her is very motivating to her, I really wanted one last run to give her momentum to run while on her trip.
At 0600, we slipped out into the cool air of the pre-dawn. A gust from the north was a harbinger of those blustery cold winter days six months from now. For now, it was a pleasant run in the cool morning shadows.
Hitting 45 miles per week this spring altered my mind/body connection while running. Ever since, even after a 13 week hiatus, I have this feeling of lightness and ease in my stride. After 3 years' marathon training, running this spring became a very natural feeling. Now, when I go out, my body just slips into a pattern it knows so very well, and does what comes so naturally to it.
Hopefully, I'm back to running for good. I will know tomorrow morning when I awake and once again check my PF.