Sunday I decide I need to get another outside run in as Mondays-Thursdays are almost impossible to do anything except run on the treadmill, as I have childcare issues. Fresh off my “hey that was easier than I thought” Friday run I decide to run a similar course but for 3 miles only, so as not to over-do it. The first mile stunk, as did the second and the 3rd didn’t get any easier. I wasn’t sore or having cardiovascular trouble- I just couldn’t find my rhythm- My legs felt like lead- I was not having fun. I had borrowed son #2’s ipod- thinking that it might be fun to run with music, and maybe that is what threw me off because (and maybe it’s because I’m not used to his ipod or his music) it just proved to be a big distraction.
I truly didn’t expect every run to be a glorious,inspirational, life changing event I just didn’t think the rotten run would rear it’s ugly head so early in my training. Oh boy, and I know there are more to come.
I was tempted to make this a “rest” day but made it to the gym in time to get the little ones in childcare and do 20 mins “fartlek” training (fartlek=speed training, even though my “speed” can hardly be called “speedy”) on the treadmill, some weights and I forced myself to do at least twice as much stretching than the 30 seconds I usually do, as I can only wonder if my lack of dedication in the stretching department contributed to my legs feeling like they were made of lead.
Tomorrow I am off to buy a much needed pair of running shoes- I’m sure that will add a bit of spice to training! Who can resist a run in new shoes?!
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I’ve tried running with music a couple of times and I do find that it throws it me off. It’s almost as if because I can’t hear myself breathing and my feet hitting the ground, that I don’t have any rhythm. So, yes, that could be it. Also, for me, in terms of exercise, I’m such a morning person that I generally feel like a big lump when I try to jog later in the day. Whatever the cause, don’t let it get you down. I’m sure the next run will be better.
And good luck with the shoe purchase. I was wondering how you were doing with your plantar fasciitis? I’m guessing that maybe PF is aggravated more by standing and walking than jogging?
Me again. Some good tips:
Shannon! Take special note of #4, and #1.
Awesome tips that I will keep revisiting for sure!