Well it's been almost three months since I ran the half and I'm finally running again.
I took a few weeks off because I was having weird foot aches after the race and decided that not running was the best thing to do. It worked but then I got sick and couldn't shake it for about 2 weeks.
Then the weather got cold and the holidays came along. I hate the cold weather. And I don't like running in it. Trying to convince myself the take off my warm clothes and put on cold tights/capris and compression tops just doesn't appeal to me. Often times I put my running clothes over the heater vent so they aren't as cold when I put them on.
Did I mention that I don't like to be cold?
So anyway, I started running again this month. I figure if I am going to run another half marathon (or possibly two...did I just say that???) this year I need to be prepared for it, not only for the running part but also for the physical part as well.
I'm running and cross training and hoping to have a stronger core for the next half. My lower back was sore for a couple of days after Nike and I know it's because my core wasn't as strong as it should have been.
I'm running 4 days a week and cross training on the others. My running days are Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday. Not ideal but it is what it is.
The weekends are a given because I can run in the mornings or really anytime and I'm running on Mondays and Wednesdays when my daughter is at soccer practice. I drop her off at the park and pick up the trail there. Three days of running in a row is probably not a good thing but I'm going to see how it goes. I'll be glad once there is more daylight in the evenings so I can change up my schedule. I'm not running far at the moment so hopefully all will be ok.
Since it's been so long since I've last run I'm basically rebuilding my base (UGH!). Weekday running is set for 30 minutes each time and on weekends I'll choose a distance. I'm running for 30 minutes 1) so I can ease back into running and 2) so I can measure progress. Hopefully the distance covered over the 30 minutes will increase over time meaning that my pace is improving.
That's something I'm hoping to improve upon this year but for now I'm just happy to be running again.