My activity level was up significantly in October, though in its last week I strained my back and took a head cold at the same time. The PF still exhibits some post-run discomfort, especially the following morning, The discomfort is considerably muted from before, so healing is taking place, albeit slowly.
Despite my efforts in October, my VO2max numbers showed no improvement, and are 20% lower than my peak (I know this is due to my injury-filled 2014, surgery earlier this year, etc.). Maybe allowing the HR to reach 90%+ HRmax is not the right approach at this time. I will dial back to 85%, just to stay in the aerobic region and add intervals as well. Even intervals, according to some experts, should not exceed 90% HRmax for maximum benefit. I am in this for life, so I will adjust and continue to push forward.
I hate doing stretching routines, especially stretching as an off-day workout routine. I need to do it, regardless. While I know runners do not need to be "gymnast flexible", I am a little stiffer in some areas than I should: hip flexors, calves, hamstrings. I guess I just to figure out a way to make the workout somewhat enjoyable, and I am open to suggestions.
Until next time, forward, always forward...