I went running last week for the 1st time in ~15 yrs. Tried to pick up where I left off (ha!) and had substantial back complaints about halfway through. Not crippling fall on the ground spasms, but I was inspired to sit on a bench that was right there when it started. I walked back to the hotel fine (but slowly). I was on a 3 day business trip, so no biking, thought running could help w/ all the desserts they were feeding us. Anyway, I got a reasonable run in before my body shut me down, so I guess it wasn't a complete failure.
Monday I went running again, w/ shorter defined endpoint, did 3-4 miles in 25 min. I wonder if that was pushing too hard, but that's just about my pace. Is that a bad thing, or should I try to slow my pace? Anyway, no real after effects, just typical feelings of rediscovering long lost muscles.
I am biking shorter miles lately, schedule just isn't letting me add on to my commute like I had been in March and April. Had been pushing 200 miles/wk, now back down to double digits.
I am hoping to start running 1-2x/wk so that I can gain/maintain a (low) level of running ability to let me do some kind of exercise during business (and vacation) travel w/o my bike. But I really don't want to injure myself. I guess just try to feel for unusual sensations, and then stop whatever causes them? Is that the basic idea?
You hear cross-training is a good idea, I'd like to convince my back and thighs of that (it's the back I don't want to anger, the thighs seem like they can be reasoned with).