Well, although we're not 30 days in, I'm going to go ahead and call this challenge. I developed a nasty summer cold and haven't been able to exercise for days. Still can't get through a sentence without coughing so it's likely to be a few more. Even in this short time, I've learned a few important things about my relationship to running.
1. I love running, but trying to do so everyday makes me feel drained, exhausted and less in love.
2. Trying to fit a run in at the same time everyday does not really fit with my lifestyle. It's a flexible one and it seems that my runs are most likely to be good if I go when I'm feeling ready or in need of one.
3. Holding myself accountable for "reporting" about runs helps me push harder to run faster and longer.
4. It may be unrealistic to commit to writing about them everyday.
So, there you have it! While not a total success, not a total loss
Just a quick post today--off to Teacher Training at the studio! Unfortunately, there hasn't been much running the last few days. Both little man and I are under the weather so, instead there's been a lot of snuggles and efforts to refill the well. As part of this process, we have taken some beautiful walks though, so at least there's been some movement.
The bad news is, I'm not sure a run is going to happen this weekend. The good news is, I'm feeling inspired again and definitely see some good ones happening this week!
One day at a time...
So sorry for not posting yesterday! It ended up being a CRAZY day! I was called for jury duty, so spent my morning waiting in the jury lounge and then going through jury selection (happily was not chosen)! Spent the afternoon playing with Drew as well as waiting around and then being with the A/C repair guy. And, then the evening was spent teaching at the studio. So, sadly no run yesterday. But, I think it was for the best because my body was (and is) still feeling heavy and tired.
Pardon if it's TMI, but I think this might be related to a hormonal change around the beginning of the weaning process. While I'm still nursing Drew in the morning and before bed, we're cutting back on daytime feeds and I think this might be triggering some hormonal shifts that in turn are making it difficult and uncomfortable to run. I'm hoping that after a few days' rest, I'll be ready to go again.
At first, I felt really guilty for not running the last few days. But, as I've said before, I'm realizing that this is such a good exercise in checking in with myself and really listening to my body. I'm hoping that this will make it easier to make an informed running schedule as I prepare to train for my fall races. Plus, it's certainly getting me to blog regularly--another bonus!
So, while I didn't run today, I did take a nice long walk with my two favorite kiddos. It was so quiet and peaceful--just what I needed after yesterday's chaos!
Well, I intended to run today. I put on my shoes and I started. But, about a minute into the run, I knew it wouldn't happen. My body just felt too tired, heavy and lethargic. Sometimes you just need to get going and this feeling turns into energy and strength. This was not one of those times. After four days of running in a row, on a 90+ degree day, my body just needed a break.
One of my goals for this challenge was to discover when and under what circumstances I could have my best running schedule. So, first lesson learned. I definitely need rest days, even when I'm not racking up high mileage.
I'm definitely going to continue with the challenge, writing about running days, days when I participate in other fitness activities, and rest days. It will be helpful for me to give myself permission to see and listen to whatever my body presents on a certain day!
While I didn't fit in a run, I did fit in a fun walk with Drew and Lola and a "Gym" trip later in the day with Drew. I was grateful to have the energy to keep up with him (and boy was he on the move)! I'm not sure I would have been able to had I pushed forward with my earlier attempted run!
Today was another 2 miler, this time with some playing around with speed. Ran the first mile at a steady 5.0 mph, moved up to 6.0 for the second mile, but finished the last 5 minutes at 6.5.
At the gym, while running at a comfortable 4.5 mph, I used to look over at others running at a 6.0 speed and think to myself, "that looks really fast. I don't know that I'll ever be able to do that." It's hard to believe how far I've come and how much my body has shifted since that time!
In other fun news, I finally made it to the running store to have my feet refitted for appropriate shoes. I had heard that your feet could change during and after pregnancy and my shoes were feeling a little snug, so I figured I'd see what they had to say. Well, it turns out I needed a shoe that is a WHOLE size bigger than I used to need! I thought they'd feel very clumsy, but when I put them on, my feet felt so comfortable and at home, happy to spread out!
I did my fitting at Road Runner Sports, which I had never tried before. It was a pretty great experience, although if you're in a hurry, you'll find it extremely frustrating as their system and sales pitch are quite comprehensive. They tested where I put pressure on my feet while standing, did an in-depth analysis of my gait on the treadmill, fit my foot for (pricy) orthodic inserts (which I didn't know I needed--you can return them no questions asked if they don't work, so we'll see), and then set me up with several pairs of shoes to try.
Lots of shoes to choose from!
Here are the ones I chose! Loved them on my first run today...looking forward to testing them some more tomorrow!
Just a quick entry--how is it already after 11 pm?? Anyway, I'm proud to write that I DID manage to fit in that quick 2 miler today. Took it slow and steady and it felt fantastic.
It's so helpful to know that I already have a run planned for tomorrow. I don't know when it will be and I don't know how long it will be, but I do know that I'm going to make a point to make it happen. Knowing this makes it easier to let today's run be today's run. It takes off the pressure to make it perfect. It simply is what it is for today.
It was such a beautiful day here! While I knew I wanted to get outside today, I also knew there was no way I could get a decent run in with these two. I really love running with Drew in his BJ Summit X3 stroller, but it does require extra attention and strength on those big hills, which seem to be all around our neighborhood. With one hand holding the leash of our crazy pup Lola, I just didn't think I'd have the control or stability to make it a safe and fun for everyone.
So, this morning, I took Drew and Lola for a leisurely 1.5 mile walk around the neighborhood. Then, later, while Ben watched the kiddos, I hit the treadmill for a fun 3 miles. Why, you might ask, did I run on the treadmill on such a beautiful day? The truth is, I kind of love running on the treadmill. I know it's weird. Longer runs I definitely prefer to be outside. But, under an hour, I find it very relaxing to just pop on my headphones and get on the treadmill. I can play my music as loud as I want since I don't have to think about the traffic around me. I don't have to worry about uneven terrain or fluctuating weather. I'm available if something should come up and Drew should need me (it's also really convenient for fitting a run in during his naps). If I decide I've had enough, I don't have to run or walk home. I just hop on, and get into my own little running world...
I played with speed today. Started out the first mile at 5.0 mph again. Since that felt pretty good, moved up to 5.5 for mile 2 and then pushed up to 6.0 for mile 3. I felt really proud that I kept that 6.0 pace up for the whole final mile. I can really feel my yoga practice kick in as I play with speed. It's tempting to slow down or stay at one speed out of fear of getting too tired to finish, but staying mindful of where I am as opposed to where I anticipate going, lets me really see what I'm capable of. If it's there, I can go for it. If it's not, I can adjust. It's very empowering!
Tomorrow's looking like a very busy day between teaching at the studio and Father's Day activities. I'm hoping to fit in at least 2 miles, but we'll see! I'll take what I can get :).
I've decided to start a 30 day running challenge. I plan to keep the mileage small, but commit to running (and blogging about it) everyday for the next 30 days.
I recently led and completed a 30 day yoga challenge (you can read about it here). Completing this challenge was transformative. It helped me break through some of the mental walls holding me back in my practice and my teaching. And, by the end, I felt stronger and more balanced. Blogging about my experience, even for just a few sentences, helped keep me accountable to practice each day.
While I'm running more than I ever did and am enjoying it more than I ever have, my running schedule is still sporadic. I'm hoping that through this challenge I can discover what days/times/lengths really do work for me so that I can build a more regular schedule.
I'm registered to run the Tower of Terror 10 Miler in October and it looks like I'll be signing on as an Assistant Coach for Moms in Training for the Fall Season (I believe we'll be running the Veterans Day 10K), so this is the perfect time to commit to small mileage and set a solid base for some great fall training.
So, to kick things off today, I laced up my sneaks and hopped on the treadmill for a nice 3 mile run at 5.0 mph pace. It took me a little while to warm up, but once I really got going, my body felt solid and I happily have no soreness to report! Looking forward to day 2!