Run #36: Know Your Limits

I think for the last couple weeks, my body has been telling me to slow it down. First, it started with the heel spur, then the occasional hip pain, then the knees started to feel really achey. Finally today I got this perpetual cramp in my calf that just wouldn’t go away.

Ok, body, I’m listening to you now.

To be honest, I know I’m still not at a weight right where I can safely run without putting a lot of stress on the lower half of my body. I’m not a spring chicken anymore.

So I’m going to have to modify my workouts a lot. Possibly focus less on distance running, more on amount of time spent being active. Add in strength training (which I’ve already started), and possibly pilates or yoga again. The good thing is since I’m already starting to feel my core muscles gaining strength. Now I just need to maintain it.

Although I’m disappointed at the thought of having to curb back the momentum I’ve already built, I know it’s for the best. I’m still somewhat young so I have a lot of active years ahead of me as long as I take care of myself and stay within my limits.

Run #34: Building Character

February 5, 2015It’s been a really long time since I’ve had a workout like this where I couldn’t wait for it to be over. And unfortunately it was one of my peak mileage days, which makes it more important that I complete it.

I think outside events had a major role in making today exceptionally hard. Clients were being pissy at work so everyone was on edge. I worked late this evening, as well as Tuesday so I was already mentally just worn out. I would’ve much rather been stretched out on my couch, remote in hand and Netflix on the TV, but I went to the gym anyway because I wanted to say I accomplished something I was proud of this week.

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32 Runs: When Running Stopped Sucking

FullSizeRenderEvery week, my therapist and I come up with homework assignments for our next session. One of my assignments was to have two long workouts in a week so now rather than having 1 peak day, I have 2 (Mondays and Thursdays).

The longest I’ve ever run so far is around 3 miles. The last time I reached that was January 12 and I haven’t been back there since, mostly because of the minor injuries I’ve experienced the last couple weeks. I’ve been afraid of slowing down the healing process or, God forbid, worsening it. I am taking my time though, gradually building up momentum and allowing myself to recover in between workouts.

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Run #31: Hello, February!

February 1, 2015 Pace

It took a lot of effort to get me down to the gym and on that treadmill for run #31. I used to do my workouts in the morning, but for the last two or three weeks, I’ve been working out in the evenings because I haven’t been waking up as early as I was before. This morning, I slept in and I slept in GOOD. I must’ve needed it. Then I had to prep for my Sunday funday feast with my ex (yeah, that’s a whole different story), took another nap after lunch, and then began cooking.

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