October 2011: I'm disappointed with running 5km in 20:05.
November 2011: NYC marathon - 42.2km
February 2012: I'm delighted with running 5km... in about 30 minutes. With a walk break.
Why so happy? It's my first pain-free run since November, and it feels great to be back running after being plagued by injury since then. I managed another 5km yesterday as well at a faster pace, closer to tempo, felt really good.
I'm trying to be conservative, as I'm not only coming back from injury but I've changed the way I run in the process. See my post about hip flexors and rotation. My glutes (butt muscles) are working much harder than before, I can feel it as I run, and the next day. It's going to take time to train them to be up to the job, but hopefully the end result is a faster and healthier runner.
Where I'm not going to be conservative is on the bike, as my focus is now on getting myself ready for Paris to Ancaster. I haven't been off the bike as long as I've been off running, and I still have 2 months, so I'm hopeful I can do enough to have an OK race.
2012 should be a wild one.