And it's hoisting the train back on the tracks (no wise cracks about needing a crane here!). The goal yesterday was an easy four mile run. I got out a little after 5PM and whipped out 4 miles in less than 40 minutes with average heart rate at 80% MHR. It felt good to get a decent workout in!
It's also nice that the days are getting longer. It wasn't too long ago a run starting at 5PM would have had me in full lights and reflective gear. Last night I wrapped up and got back to my car right as dusk. I made my way over to the gym, got my stretching and part of my core workout in. My big problem now are some lower back spasms. My back actually feels pretty good during and after my runs. Yesterday it was even okay going downhill as long as I didn't try to move laterally. Later in the evening though it started flaring up again. I'm going to take some ibuprofen today to see if that helps.
Finally - I got some new reading material yesterday! Got my copy of "The Competitive Runner's Handbook" by Bob Glover. I've heard lots of great things about this book! I can't wait to dig in!