Justin and I are not getting along so well right now. Between vacation, a chest cold and lots of travel (and the chaos that it throws the rest of my life into), my running training has been patchy at best. But on Tuesday night, I tied on my sneakers in earnest and tried to get back into the groove with Justin coaching me along. It did not go well.
The paths that I normally run are unlit, and it is now too dark out by the time I am ready to go for my run. So, this was also my first treadmill run since June, and I am now more used to an undulating course and an undulating pace rather than the steady pace of the machine. Basically, I started out too fast, got out of breath and then things went down hill from there. Clearly, I lost some of my cardio strength during my hiatus. Depressing.
However, I view this as a challenge. And no challenge is complete without a goal. So, my first official 5k race will be a Thanksgiving Day "Turkey Trot". Phineas has even picked one out for me. That gives me 6 weeks to rebuild what I have lost and then build up to 5k. Considering that my training program was only supposed to be 8 weeks long to begin with, I am feeling pretty good about things. We'll see how optimistic I am after tonight's run!