So the week before last was my reset week. Nothing too much to write about – just three enjoyable runs of 4k and 5k without pushing myself.
Last Monday was a rest day with an overnight stay away for a work meeting and a very long Tuesday. Never mind, Wednesday was an early flight to Stockholm for a long, family weekend. I travelled light but packed my Nike Frees (which take up next-to-no space in a carry-on).
Wednesday was busy, getting bearings and walking 29,000 steps. Thursday I woke up feeling a tad lethargic but carried on to visit a museum but I ran out of energy by lunchtime and went back to the hotel. And went to bed. I experienced flu symptoms and physical disruptions I'll leave to your imagination and stayed in bed mostly until Saturday lunchtime when I had recovered enough to go out and walk 6000 steps. Sunday, the symptoms had cleared and I made the journey home incident free. Being home always has a healing effect, and last night I was well enough to cook again (butternut squash soup) and back to normal. But no running for over a week.
This morning I didn't just feel well, but amazingly well. I decided to get my running kit on and give it a try. I thought it would be sensible to watch my heart rate and do run/walk intervals at an easyish pace. I stayed out for 3k in around 20 minutes. A recovery run of a different kind.
Anyway, it's just good to be back running again and I'm looking forward to seeing the doctor later this week. I've also booked with a chiropractor to check my frame out generally and do any fine tuning required.
PS I read George Mahood's 'Operation Ironman' on the flights and recommend it as a good read.