Back to Square 1
October 18th last year saw me drop out of the half marathon at MEC race 7. I stopped after 14 km to avoid the catastrophe of completely knotted hamstrings.
A break from running is the worst kind of break, but I took the next 2 weeks off. I used the time to plot my comeback for a fun 2016.
November's plan was to do short distances at low speed. My first run back was a quiet and easy 5k.
Just a week later was the Banff Winterstart, 8km in the dark. While I could see the attraction of it, the dark and therefore unsighted slippery patches had me on edge. Feeling uneasy, slow and rather weak, I was relieved to finish more than anything.
The rest of November was uneventful, just as I had wanted.
December and January was the next phase: building a base. Very small doses of faster speeds went into fairly low but gradually growing mileage.
Persistence, even on Christmas Day and patience in watching speed, strength and a little endurance gradually return.
MEC race 1 in mid-January, a 5k, was a nice early early test. I performed quite well despite the cold and lack of grip.
Now the tough work, the specific training plan, begins.