Hi! It is always hard to run after a period of stop. Here it is very icy and I prefer to run outside with my dog while the kids are running indoor. So it is more a matter of balance and trying to see the slippery spots in the darkness.
All the best
I imagine your dog provides a lot of motivation to run.
I got 25 miles in last week. I ran 7 on Wednesday and 8 on Thursday and was wiped out for a few days afterwards. I played tennis on Friday as well but I didn't play so well. So I can do 30 or 40 but my body will protest. So probably a good idea to keep things around 21-28 miles per week.
I got a VO2Max reading from the Garmin at 40. I checked the table and 40 is an Excellent score for my age range. I'd need to get to 44.2 to get to the Superior category. Of course I had a look at the numbers for the 50-59 age range and my score is only Good for that age range. It's also Good for 40-49 and only Fair for 30-39. So I'm in good shape compared to my age peers but I should really work on trying to get it higher to compare myself for say, 40-49. What the table really tells me is that cardiovascular health drops off sharply after 50 years for men which I guess shouldn't be surprising.
I spent about 75 minutes clearing snow this morning. We had about a foot of snow and it was heavy and wet. What I noticed is that it was quite a bit easier this year than last year and I attribute that to the barbell work weight increases this past summer. In general, I haven't noticed the additional strength (outside of moving a window air conditioner), because I normally don't lift a lot of heavy things in regular life. But it is nice to feel the strength when it gets used. I also assume that the additional strength decreases injury risk.
I really do not like running on snow or ice because of the chance for injury. I don't mind running when it's cold or windy so much as I have clothes for that. If you can manage it, then you have a lot more options for running. Though I suppose that when your dog wants to go, you have to go outside.
I got some more wild blueberries this past week. I don't know if they help though I do not have to fast as much if I use Miralax every day.