I had a lot going on between Thanksgiving and Christmas. My workout routines were and still are all messed up. I had a routine that I followed. The downward spiral from a messed up routine is amazing. I found a lot of reasons to not do my workouts. When I am in a groove, I find ways to squeeze my workouts in. Now that I recognize the error of my ways, I am getting back into the groove. I have a half ironman triathlon to do in July.
I got out for an easy 4 mile jog yesterday and I am none worse for the wear today. My goal is to run the Oakland Running Festival half marathon on March 23, 14. I just set that goal, now I have to register. I found that it helps to have a goal. Goals help us stay dedicated. There are not goals like an Escape from Alcatraz swim. If you can swim, I highly recommend doing that event at least once. There is no goal like swimming from Alcatraz. They San Francisco Bay does not care why you skipped your training. It will swallow you up, if you are not prepared.
Back to running. I did a 4 mile run because I knew that it was well within my limits. When you take time off or messing up your schedule, take it easy. Injuries happen, when we try to make up for lost time. If you lost a month, take a step back and ease into your training. I ran (jogged) 4 miles yesterday. I rode my bike today. I will jog again tomorrow. I plan on running an easy 5 miles with an option to cut it short a mile, if I feel tired at mile 3. I don’t have a running plan yet. I am going to wing it for now. Give me a couple of days and I will have something posted for a 2:15 half marathon training plan.
Get out and run. Take it easy and do not get injured. If you can run a block, do it. Build yourself up and get strong!