The first week of training was good. I got in all mileage and survived my first long run, which was the longest run I've had in a very long while. I know that in a few weeks, 8 miles will seem like nothing, but I was really proud of myself. Doing long runs makes training seem real to me. It brought back those happy feelings of accomplishment. It made me feel more like my old self. And the best news of all? No pain, baby!!!! I'm loving that! The only downside to the first week of training is that I didn't do my cross training or my strength training. Today is an off day, but I think I'm going to do some light weight and ab work tonight while I watch TV (Monday is good TV night for my house-How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement, Two and A Half Men, Big Bang Theory)
I'm following Hal Higdon's Novice 2 program, but I'm considering moving over to the Intermediate 1 program. It has another day of running and more pace runs. I think I can handle the extra mileage, but I'm so nervous about pushing it and getting injured again. Although I have done a marathon, its been over 2 years so its almost like I'm starting from scratch again. I might try the Intermediate program this week and see how I feel at the end of it.
Some good non-running related news...my brother, Spencer, popped the question to his girlfriend last week!!! And she said yes!! Congratulations Spencer and Kyoko!!!