Yes. I feel like I'm back - not quite in the grove yet, but nothing dropped off!
After what felt like a lifetime (but was actually only four days) without a run (never thought I'd hear myself saying that) I decided to do a gentle 20 minutes.
The first shock was the cold! Having read what Sue (SBG356) was wearing yesterday I decided to get out the buff, gloves and hat. That first 5 minutes walk was painfully cold, at one point i thought I might need to go home and get another layer.
Wearing my new Garmin I decided to venture out without Laura and enjoy my own music. To my amazement I got to the point when i said to myself "you've been running for 5 minutes now, I hope you are in a good rhythm" I looked at my watch and it was 5 minutes and 1 second - pretty good omen - er NO!
I managed to catch the bezel and put my Garmin in to 'elevation display' - all very interesting when you come to look at the overall run, but when you are going up hill during the run you know it and don't need some silly device to tell you. I'll put this down to operator error and try to remember to lock the thing next time.
I didn't really get in to a good rhythm until the Kaiser Chiefs came on. Sorry Freddy - but 'don't stop me now' really works on the motor bike when you can enjoy good fast beat and at then the mellowness of the slow sections - but it really did b*gger up my run. Another one to put down to experience.
I also got the same nagging stitch which really took the wind out of my sails.
But there are positives to take out of today. I can remember back to week 8 and 9 when bad runs were always followed by two good ones. I managed to stay running for the whole 20 minutes despite feeling shocking and best of all the lower legs seem to have coped OK. I guess I'll have to wait a day or so to see if the tenderness comes back, but i hope the deep tissue massage I gave myself afterwards and doing the exercises pingle shared with me before and after the run will have done the trick.
Happy running peps - Mo