Saturday, February 05, 2005

First Day Back

I ran 10k tonight on the 'mill, my first run since I recovered from a nasty bug. I was going to run outside - it was sunny and 50 degrees. Almost felt like spring. But I was busy doing errands, and I was outside a lot anyway.

Should I be worried?: What was strange was that for the first 4 miles, my legs felt a bit numb, as if the upper half of my body was disjointed from my lower half. It almost felt like I wasn't running at all. Huh.

I ran the first 1/2-mile at 9:30, the next 1 1/2 miles at 9:05, the 3rd mile at 8:34, and the final 3.2 miles at an 8:19 pace, with one quick water break. So not too bad. My lungs feel clear for the first time in a long while.

Next race: Today, I signed up to run in the St. Patrick's Day 10k in downtown Washington. Much of the course is on Pennsylvania Avenue, site of many historic federal buildings, and which is part of the presidential inaugural parade route.

I also start 10k training with a local running club next Saturday. It'll be my first time to get coached. Have any of you done similar training?


  1. Glad to see you back on your feet. Not sure what to say about the disjointed feeling other than maybe your legs were so excited to run again, they just took off without telling the rest of you.

    Legs: "Wheeee! We're running!"
    Upper Body: "Zzzzzz,zzzzzz,zzz-snort! Huh? What the?"
    Legs: "Weeeeee!"

    Haven't had an official trainer other than Hal Higdon in text and email only.

  2. I checked out the link to the training, thinking I might also take advantage of it...but I'm traveling the second and third Saturdays of the 12 week program. Oh well. It sounds great. I'm sure you'll get a lot out of it.