I I combined the two, Rich. Run to the local parkrun course, multiple laps of that before & after the run itself, run home. A bit of a dull route but it was snowing so pavements weren't the place to be.
I'll be chasing around trying to sort the kids out too this weekend. Youngest was supposed to have a rugby match this morning which was cancelled, but too late for him to come to parkrun instead. Daughter will want ferrying around too later.
Enjoy your run, don't worry if it still feels a bit harder than it should.
20 also for me today, 207 for Jan. Ran through the snow to the parkrun course, multiple laps of that, including the parkrun itself obviously, run home. A fairly dull route but in the conditions pavements weren't the best place to be.
Don't panic Rich, that first run back was never going to be a miracle of aerobic efficiency. HR was bound to be higher than usual for that pace. It'll take a few days but doing too much after illness is a sure way back to the bench.
On the basis that most people start too quickly, if you've positioned yourself in the right place you should expect more people to pass you at the start than you pass.
Don't forget that any 'current pace' reading on a GPS can be way out, they fluctuate quite a lot.
I've learnt that for me the run off the start line needs to feel so, so easy, almost like jogging as you say. The last few years that's been the basic plan at VLM. I use the conversation trick - just talk to people around you - if that's not easy, you're too fast.
taking a look at my last marathon, where I never trained for it at all. Longest run was about 17 miles. Went through half way in 1:40 and second half in 1:55. I think I did the last 6 miles at 10 m/m. So starting too fast pays dearly for me! .