This Sunday, I went on my first long run of the season where I wasn’t walking the pups the whole time. My goal was to stay below 10 min/miles combined with the massive hills where I live. I also have to tell you that before Sunday, I hadn’t looked at the pace on my Garmin in quite a while. Usually, I forget it at home along with my ipod but the pups usually keeps me busy. The pups got left at home for this run, and he was not happy.
I was really excited to be running outside without cleats, without worrying about falling on some ice, without coming home with soaking wet shoes because of the slush. It was a warm 45 degrees. This is warm compared to our teen highs lately! It felt so good. I even wore crop pants! This was my first run in months outside where the sidewalks were clear!
The run, however, did not start off very well. Every step I took seemed to hurt a little. My muscles were tired from my new training plan that I started 2 weeks ago. I’m just a tad out of shape since last season putting it lightly. My goal was to zig zag down the streets in my neighborhood. It is uphill going south and going east. I guess it was a hill workout too. Then, I hit the park.
I just couldn’t get comfortable. My shoulders were up to my ears and my gait seemed really off (more than usual). The hills killed me. I could taste metal in my mouth. That was two miles in. This was going to be a long run. My breathing was labored and I was sure that I sounded freight train trying to get up the hills. I started to freak out a little because when I looked at my garmin, my average pace was a 9:45. WTF?!!! Why am I hurting this bad when I ran a 7:58 min/mile for 10K after a 24 mile bike ride in a triathlon last season?
I’m sure that all those cookies, pies, etc. that you ate during the holidays are not doing you any good right now. haha (Yes, I laugh at myself)
Those cookies were worth it! But now, I was paying for them. My legs felt like bricks. My back hurt. Oh goodness, we are only 4 miles in?
Relax. Just focus on The Now. Did you think this was going to be easy? Getting back into racing shape?
I felt my breathing calm down. My legs started increasing their turnover speed. I only wanted to focus on getting through this run and the beauty that surrounded me. I got lost in the music. My pace for the last two miles averaged a 9:15 min/mile, and they flew by.
I guess my legs are just a little rusty from keeping a good pace from last season. It will take a while for them to get back to where they used to be. But, I wasn’t as far behind as I thought that I was. ;)
I guess I just have to be patient with myself especially for the next couple of months. I don’t regret taking it easy the past few months. My mind needed it. And so did my body. But it is time to get to work!!
Kai is excited for the better weather and longer training too. We still have a lot of leash training to work on if he is going to come along on all my runs…
How was your weekend? Any good training? Do you ever get yourself so worked up for a workout that you actually do worse? If I can relax my upper body during my runs and cycling, I do a lot better!
P.S. How do you like the new header? I spent all Friday and Saturday working on it! This was the old one:
The new one is up on the site already so you can compare.
And the new blog design? Savvy Blog Services has done a fabulous job so far. We still have some tweaking to do this week.
Happy MLK Day!!