After being sidelined from running for two weeks, I am finally back. I ran 3.5 miles this morning at the fitness center at work. It was WAY too cold to run outside this morning, well too cold for me. I did see two people running on Michigan Avenue on my way to the fitness center. It was about -2 out and the windchill was close to -20. Talk about hardcore!
Anyway, the run (inside) kind of kicked my butt. My lungs aren’t 100% clear, so there was a little coughing and shortness of breath. To compensate, I did a run/walk routine to ease myself back into it all. I ran for about four minutes and would walk for one to recover. It seemed to work. I got though the run and lived to tell the tale. AND, most importantly, I felt good after the run.
Due to missing two long runs, I have decided to switch to Hal Higdon’s Novice I training program. The miles are lower than the other program I was doing, so I think I should be able to get back on track this weekend. I feel if I stuck with the Novice II program I was either going to injure myself or constantly be killing myself to get the miles in. Hal’s Novice I got me through the Chicago Marathon in 2006, so I think I should do just fine with it this year.
It’s good to be back!