It was too nice to pass it up. I kept telling myself I needed to take one more day to rest and get over this little bug, but it was just way too nice. I couldn't pass up 70 degrees, low humidity, and light winds in late December. I got home from work, changed into shorts and a tech tee and hit the streets. It was my first "official" run since NYC marathon. I've run a couple of times during Team-in-Training practice as a coach. Basically all I do is run a few blocks and chat with the runners and then jog back to pick up a few more. It doesn't really count as an official run because I run at their pace and take it pretty easy. This was just me and my thoughts. I've missed it. I've missed it a lot. It wasn't perfect, but it was really nice. I had minimal pain in my knee and the head cold only provided me with some minor nuisances. I strapped my Garmin on just for measurement purposes but never looked at it while I was running. I have a mile loop marked off in my neighborhood so I just ran that twice and called it good. I wanted to run more, but I keep telling myself to come back slow. I want to stay healthy.
Today was also my first run in my new Brooks Adrenaline 11's. These shoes feel like a glove on my foot and are very comfortable. I would have to say I'm very impressed with the update from the 10 and look forward to breaking them in over the next few months. I also received my free pair of shoes today that I won in the Brooks ID race series. I ordered a pair of Brooks Ravenna shoes. They are labeled as "guidance" shoes, not the full "support" of the Adrenaline. I was told the Adrenaline may be too much support for my gait based on the gait-analysis done by the local running store, but a pure neutral shoe (the Glycerin's), caused me to have foot problems. I may try to work the Ravenna's into my rotation on some of my shorter runs to see how it goes. I hate to mix it up too much when all I want to do is stay healthy though.
Thank goodness for 4-day weekends! I'm going to enjoy my last weekend of rest and relaxation before I start up the big road to the Ironman next week. Ready or not, here it comes.