After my first run back, I felt sore. My hips ached. My calves ached and I moaned every time I got of bed. Ok, I may be a tad overdramatic, but I was definitely feeling it.
Luckily, my Runner's World arrived in the mail this weekend. In it, I found an article seemingly written just for me: a training plan for runners who haven't run in a while. Specifically, I'm following the plan for those who haven't run for two month or more. This week is filled with 15 to 20 minute runs where I maintain a run:walk ratio of 15 to 45. This translates into 15 seconds of running and 45 seconds of walking. My Garmin makes this incredibly easy as I can set it to beep at each transition.
I thought this plan was laughingly easy, but I am sweaty at the end of each run, so I do feel like I am working. I even convinced my sister to join me on one of these runs. We ran last night in the middle of an approaching monsoon. In my mind, perfect running weather!