Sunday, March 06, 2011

Eight miles

I made sure to stretch it out after yesterday's long run.  I've been really good about stretching lately.  Of course this means I haven't remembered to make my bed or take my vitamins.  I can only handle so much at once.  You might think I'm a fan of post-run stretching because I was a dancer for all those years.  You would be wrong.  I hate it.  The last thing I want to do after I get home from a run is more work.  Check out my stats on the computer?  Totally.  Shower?  For sure.  Eat my weight in Cheetos?  Hells yeah.  Stretch?  Not so much.  But I'm finding that it makes a huge difference in how I feel, so I'm doing it.

You can't make me like it, though.

So, anyway.  My run.  I did eight miles yesterday in the beautiful sunshine.  I meant to head out really early but I woke with a massive headache so I didn't hit the road until about 10:00.  I was able to run the whole time.  I didn't ever have to walk, which (if you've ever been a n00b runner on a longer run) is a huge deal.  It means I'm pacing myself much better with my heart rate monitor.  I did choose to walk twice--once when I accidentally shut off my Garmin about two miles in and I had to fix it, and once to eat a Gu and wash it down with a little water, at about the halfway point.  I ran a negative split run, which really means I was pacing well.  My later miles were faster than my earlier miles.  Good stuff.

Guess what?  I really like running.

I tried again to focus on my heart rate rather than my pace.  The end result was a pace that was about on target with what I hoped it would be, anyway.  I'm really trying not to push it at all as far as my speed.  I think when I was training before my half in the fall I was trying hard to keep up with Kelly (who is faster than I am--even after multiple foot surgeries!) and I didn't let my body get strong enough first.  I hope the combo of stretching, PT, and careful pacing is going to make me strong and help me get through a longer year of running this year.

E and I talked about the marathon thing and I decided I'm not going to try to run SD.  Though it would be a good first full marathon and I'd love to go, I am going to be on a school trip the entire week before.  I don't think a day of driving plus a day of flying will do my body any favors.  So for now I guess I'm looking to CIM... It still seems way too far away for me to hang in there and stay motivated, so I am going to keep looking at other races in the meantime.  There's just nothing local over the summer.  Frustration!  Maybe some half marathons.  I don't know.  Maybe I just keep running because I like it.  Ha.

My training plan right now is one I made on Runner's World Smart Coach.  I like it so far and it seems to be the right amount of running days.  I substituted dancing for a recovery run this week since I had extra practice and I felt fine on my long run.  Once dancing calms down at the end of the month I think I will start adding runs on consecutive days.  Right now I'm still staying away from that because I'm so afraid of what it will do to my hip.

So, yeah.  There you go.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh! I am so sorry if I ever pushed you too hard. I only wanted to motivate!

    I'm so glad to hear that you like running again! And, that you you having such successful runs!