Back from holidays and the reality of winter was my welcome back. It took a few days to shake the jet lag, longer than I expected. I thought years of shift work would have allowed me to flick back into gear quickly. Turns out it's quite different.
So back into training. After hardly any running over the last few weeks and the added stiffness that 15 hours on a plane brings I needed to make sure my body was going to cope. That calls for a short lead in before I hit a full week of training.
This was a simple three days of training. An hour run each day, and some moderate strength training on the first two. Plus plenty of stretching. There were no pace goals on these runs. Instead they went like this:
1. Easy, just relax and enjoy.
2. Easy again, but mix in a few strides to kick in the nervous system. They felt very sluggish.
3. A solid effort over a variety of hills.
The runs did what I hoped and had me feeling better each day and seemed to eliminate the stiffness. It served as a return to getting back into the routine of home. It does feel good to get your finish before dawn.
However, it is darker in winter.