Went out yesterday for my first double digit run since the Southern California Half back on January 10th. Before that, it had been December 7th since a long run! I am hoping my string of injuries and illnesses are done and that I can get back to putting some miles in. The good news is despite my lack of miles and the holidays, I have managed to keep my weight in check.
Yesterday's run was a 12 miler around the Newport Back Bay. My pace is a little off - 11:37 (duh), but I managed to average a heart rate of 80% MHR, with a max of 158 bpm (85% MHR). And once I got back to the car and got a Clif Bar and a Gatorade in me, I felt pretty good!
My next physical challenge is this sore back I've been nursing since my ski weekend. I did something to the muscles in my lower back, and it's not getting better. My first couple of steps are gingery, but once I get going everything seems to be fine. Running feels fine with one exception - downhills. The pounding going downhill is a little uncomfortable, and I am finding that I need to hold back a little whenever I'm coming downhill. This is going to be an issue this weekend at the Firecracker 10K in Chinatown - especially since the run is four miles of downhill. I am hoping that my workouts over the next week will help to strengthen things. Maybe I'll take my wife's recommendation and try some Motrin this week.
On tap today - four mile recovery pace. This will put me at 30 miles this week. I'm coming back!