With the holidays fast approaching I had a whirlwind of a week packed with social plans. It started with a quiet dinner on Tuesday after a long day of catching up at work. It continued on Wednesday with one of the most fun dinners I've had yet. A small group of wine industry people were invited by the owner of a restaurant to an Italian wine tasting dinner. He treated us to multiple small courses and eight different vintages of Sassicaia. Another guest shared a 1959 Bordeaux with us. It was a long and rather late night but so worth it. Thursday, rather sleepily, I had a lovely dinner with five friends. Friday wrapped up the week beautifully with an elaborate six hour lunch at a restaurant I currently think is the best I've ever been to. I spent a couple hours post-lunch celebrating a friend's 50th birthday before calling it a night.
Amidst all the celebrating I had a major training and recovery milestone - I ran. I took my first running steps in nearly four months Tuesday morning with a 10-minute run/walk done in 2:00/1:00 intervals. It felt beyond good despite a bit of nerves. I kept the pace easy and paid attention to good form. I was smiling the rest of the day. I ran again yesterday, edging up to 15 minutes at the same run/walk interval. My overall pace went from over 11 minutes to just over 10. I was feeling more comfortable. And today I did another 10 at the same pace. Each time it feels a little more natural and the fear is easing up. My coach has me building up very gradually and conservatively so hopefully I should have nothing to worry about. It feels so good to be back at it.
I slacked on all other training this week, only making it to the pool once. But given everything going on I had to make some choices and after having some incredible experiences and a good deal of fun, I think I chose well.