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.
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 🙂
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.
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!
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!