The Comeback Trail

By | July 9, 2017

Comeback

Finally time to reflect on my first week on the comeback trail.  I think coming back may apply to blogging as much as it does to my running right now.  But, now that I have been able to return to some easier workouts, I’m feeling a bit more inspired to spend some time on the site and actually write.  Honestly, it was hard for the couple of months that I was out to do much on the running blog.  While I had some spare time with no running, I just didn’t have the enthusiasm to write about what I couldn’t do!  I was able to keep up on everyone’s blogs and adventures which really helped me maintain some inspiration while I rode the recovery sidelines.

With my back having slowly recovered I was able to finally put on the running shoes last weekend as planned.  We were in Seattle on Saturday for an amazing Queen + Adam Lambert concert.  I’ll save the details for when I resume the Motivational Music Monday series later in the week.  Paula wrote a great summary over at NeverADullBling and a few of you that follow me on social media might have seen some of the pics from the night.  We decided to make a weekend of the event and was in Seattle for a beautiful Sunday morning which provided the perfect opportunity to run the waterfront.

Comeback Run!

Heading out from our hotel in downtown Seattle, I made my way through Pike Place Market and down to the waterfront.  Seattle has an amazing waterfront area that I see from the train on my daily commute.  However, even as a relative “local” I have never ran this trail.  An innocuous easy pace 4 mile run was nothing out of the ordinary in terms of distance and certainly not pace!  But, it was great to just be able to get back out and enjoy the sea air and bright sunshine.  On a clear sunny day the waters and scenery of the Pacific Northwest are some of the most amazing you’ll find.

Before long, I reached the Ferry terminal to the north and turned to make my way back into downtown.  It was a great run and great to be back!

On the Trail

A couple days later as the neighborhood prepared to blow itself up with the loudest and most obnoxious fireworks and firecrackers known to the human race celebrate July 4th, I headed out on Bluey for my first ride in a couple months.  I really wanted to run but I’m determined to come back slow and easy so I opted for the bike.  I probably tacked on 5 more miles than I really needed but made it my longest outing of the year at 27 miles.  It was a great ride and I got to try out my new bluetooth bike speaker so was rockin’ at the same time!  And, there was no adverse reaction from the back form being on the bike.  My arse sit bones…a different story but in deference to TMI, we’ll leave it at that 🙂

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Since then I’ve enjoyed a couple more easy runs.  Today was challenging and instead of following Paula’s lead and going out early, I elected to enjoy coffee on the couch and run later.  As Paula returned soaking from the heat and sun, I was just getting started.  An hour later after 6 miles on the sun drenched trail I was reminded of the importance and getting out early on those summertime runs at the weekend.

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24 consecutive rain-free days and 2 weeks ago it hit 96 degrees in Seattle.  Summer has arrived in the Pacific Northwest!

Hey…PK, SRG, Julie…I finally #spottedthebunny.  I’m only about 3 months late to that party but I finally found one to stop and pose for a pic!

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I’ll be back with some music and beer and coffee recommendations in a couple days with the return of MMM.  As well as a look at summertime training and fall racing plans.

  • Have you had a recent comeback run, how did it go?
  • What’s the weather like where you are running or riding right now?
  • Have you ever been to Seattle?  How about a Queen concert?!!

‘Till next time,

Run safe, run strong, run happy!

Cheers!
James

20 thoughts on “The Comeback Trail

  1. Paula

    You’re making a great comeback, and today was a great run for you, even if it was a thousand degrees! BTW, how are those sit bones feeling now, 🤣

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    1. James Post author

      feeling they feel good when sitting, on the couch 🙂 it is awesome to feel the run again and all that it brings!!

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  2. Alittlebitoutoffocus

    Good to have you back buddy. 🙂 Our comebacks are happening in parallel it seems. I did around 7k before going back to the UK, that 10.5 mile ‘run/jog/walk’ with my mate Pete and then about a 9k when I got back last week. So today is my day for going out again for who knows how long… The weather has been hot here too, but the last few days have cooled to less than 20 degrees C / 68 F, so I have no excuse. Cheers!

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    1. James Post author

      Hey Mike!! It is good to be back…my blogging as been almost as absent as my running but I was keeping up with everyone on the reader. Sounds like you have got some decent runs under your belt to get going again, just in time for summer! Cheers mate!

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  3. Dewey

    James, I think we have all been there at some point or another! Breaks sometimes make us appreciate the small things in life. Welcome back & love seeing the Seattle area photos!

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    1. James Post author

      Totally agree Dewey…it definitely helps reinforce just how lucky we are to be able to run and be active in whatever passion we pursue. Glad you like the Seattle pics…even though I work there everyday, I rarely get to run downtown! Cheers!

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    1. James Post author

      Thought you might like the cruise ships and the waterfront! Seattle is an awesome cities and we have some great holiday memories!!

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  4. runstrongrun

    Well done taking your comeback slowly! I know how easy it could be to start out too long or to fast. The weather right now in Cali is HOT. Yes, I’ve been to Seattle (years and years ago) and no, I’ve never been to a Queen concert. The husband and I don’t really go to many concerts… they’re too loud. 😂

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    1. James Post author

      Thanks Steph!! Yes, definitely trying to hold back, though in the heat and sun yesterday I didn’t have much choice…have some work to do to get back to where I once was but just glad to be able to get out and log a few miles! Our hard rock concert party days are far behind us too but once in a while we get out…we have another concert next week at a winery with a couple guys rockin the Cellos!

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  5. runningtotravel

    Not a bad place for your comeback run either! It’s beautiful there. I’ve also started running again after taking a couple (or so) weeks off. It’s nice to be out running again, but man is it hot!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Donna! Glad you have been able to get back out as well. We are lucky to run in such a beautiful area though most of my trips to Seattle are for work. We have fabulous trails and forests to explore though all over. Stay cool as best you can in the heat…it was a warm weekend here as well!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Mai…so good to be out there again and am enjoying following your Hansons and BibRave journey 🙂

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Sophie…yes, absolutely very happy to be back out even though I am not 100% and far from where I was just 2 months ago. But, still no complaints…at least not yet 🙂 Hope you are making it ok through your taper…isn’t the big race coming up soon?!

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  6. sarahdudek80

    So glad to see you are back. Nothing feels more amazing than those first few runs back, regardless of how slow or different they may feel. So happy for you!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you so much Sarah and really appreciate the support! Those first runs back are great…I’m sure in a week or two, I’ll realize just how much work I have to do to get back but already looking forward to putting together a training plan for the Fall races after I spend a month ramping up slowly…hope you are doing well, I have a little blog catching up to do!

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  7. Jodi

    It’s great that you are back at it!!! Fingers crossed that your return will remain pain free!!!

    The weather is pretty steamy right now in Florida!!! You can’t beat training in the heat and humidity!!!

    Jodi

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