I’d taken off 4 days from running after the race, because those hills really did a number on my right IT and both sets of glutes – lovely. Instead, I walked and stretched and worked on upper body strength. Finally, after coming back home to Florida and feeling like I was ready to try, I ventured out for an afternoon 4 mile run. I decided to take it easy and that’s exactly what I did! I maintained a consistent pace of around 9:44, running in an area close to my work. I changed the route up a bit to check out some property in an area I hadn’t been in before (don’t worry, it was heavily populated) and got to see a couple of sandhill cranes, which always tend to scare me at first. By the time I was coming in for 4 miles I decided to finish up with 5. My paces were even and I didn’t feel any pain!
This story, now, is two-fold.