Ok, I've done a little on the treadmill, but this was my first "real" run back.
And it was highly unpleasant, but oh so wonderful.
I made a couple of critical mistakes.
1. I ran in the middle of the afternoon. Which is never a good time for me. Just after lunch, too. And I had milk at lunch (yay acid reflux! yuck!)
2. I was under-hydrated.
3. It was 80 degrees. My face was SO red!! I looked like a clown.
4. I ran my hill course. It's one of my favorites, but it's a tough route on a regular day.
5. I went WAY too fast. I finished 2 miles in about 24.5 minutes... oops. It's like I forgot how to run slowly. Gonna have to work on that.
But, the good news is, my leg feels fine. I'm going to give it 2 days of no running and then try a 3-miler with Alisha on Saturday. Flat course, greenway, should be good. Also, it will be a lot cooler which is always welcome.
So, despite the side stitches (wow - been a while since I had those!) and the red face, I still had a great time, and I'm very happy to be running again!