After 5 miles on Sunday, I chose to scale back a little today to 2.5 instead of upping my mileage to 2.75. It may seem silly to some that a 1/4 mile could be that big a deal, but I want to be sure that I'm not overusing or pushing anything to a breaking point.
It also allowed me to just focus on running longer. No formal interval timing, just run until I wanted a little break, then walk a little until I felt like running again. I focused on my posture and breathing as I ran along and had a really nice run this morning as a result, covering just over 2.5 miles in a little under 35 minutes.
Every run I try to notice something about the world around me and today it was the lilacs are coming out. I love lilacs, perhaps because they are only here for such a short time. I love the scent, color and look of them, so it was nice this morning to get that surprise was just something worth smiling about.
Next week will include my 5 mile run on Sunday - I'm holding there for a bit, and a 3 mile run mid-week. In a couple of weeks I'll split my mid-week run into two 2 mile runs and build from there. When I have 1 5 mile and 2 2 mile runs, I'll start adding to the long run again. Until then I'll keep going, one step at a time.