I’m a runner.
I can take a break to focus on rest/strength/etc no problem, but after a while I start to get the itch again. While I LOVED spending ~2 months solely focused on lifting heavy, I need running back in my life. I feel like a rockstar all day after a run, and obsessively reading running magazines > reading about pumping iron. Sorry I’m not sorry.
I feel like I just identify with being a runner too much to ever truly give it up, so I am BACK! I want to get to the point where I can run 10 miles on the weekend easily, so that I can say “There’s a half marathon tomorrow? HECK YEAH I’m running it!” 🙂 It’s sorta hard to call yourself a runner when you don’t run a lot –> what a concept, hey?
So this is how my first week of “training” went down.
Monday: upper body strength (am); 60 minute vinyasa flow (pm)
I was wimpy and didn’t work that hard in the yoga class. My legs and core burned a bit but nothing overly strenuous.
Tuesday: lower body + abs
Wednesday: 4 miles @ 8:15
Thursday: upper body + abs
Friday: 3 miles @ 8:38
When I woke up Friday morning, it just looked like it was raining. I wanted to go for a quick run to see what running in the rain was like –> future Vancouverian. When I started running, it just felt rainy and windy. When I finished running I was drenched, frozen, and feeling like an idiot. After showering/getting ready and attempting to leave the parkade, THE POWER WENT OUT. It was out all over the city. It stormed all day long, a fire hydrant exploded (!), but hey, I got my run in…
Sunday: 7 miles @ 8:15
I had a rough idea of my route for this run so I was trying really hard not to look at my Garmin! The feeling at mile 2 of a 7 mile run is unpleasant so I wanted to avoid that at all costs. I felt like I was running easy and wondered why I felt like dying at mile 4…I WAS RUNNING WAY TOO FAST. My last mile, when I felt like I was going to be dead, was my fastest at sub-8…apparently my legs mixed up “slow down” and “speed up”. So it was a bit rougher than I had hoped, but a confidence booster nonetheless!
TOTAL: 14 MILES. Low, mostly easy mileage helping my body acclimate to running regularly again! I’m really happy with the running/strength/cross training that I got in and can’t wait to tackle 8 miles this weekend. 🙂