Rebuilding “marathon” legs

I have a LOT of work to do! Yesterday was the first day I had run in… well, a long time. I did a whole 4 miles on the treadmill yesterday. I wanted to start out conservatively — there’s nothing worse than getting healthy and then taking a step back.

Today I woke up and my legs were a little sore. Wow. 🙂 It’s amazing how fast you lose your strength! To think… just 3-4 months ago I was doing about 13 miles a day, without any hint of soreness.

Today I did two runs… the first, just 3 miles. I started out on my run mid-day (yeah for short Fridays at work). I had actually intended to do 7, but Nate called and said he’d be home in an hour. Wow! A chance to run with him in the daylight! So, I told him I’d head back home and we’d go out for a run together later (he wanted to go 6 miles). I figured a double of 3 and 6 was better than just one run of 7. The second run was a lot of fun. We went a lot faster than I would have if I would have run alone, so that was good.

Tonight my legs are sore :). Odd feeling, actually… I usually don’t let myself take enough time off of running to ever get “sore”. I think this break had been a good thing… it gave me time to ski and also to re-motivate me to run/race fast.

So, Game on! Let’s see what I can do in the next month 🙂

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