I should start by saying that the title of this post in no way means that I do my long runs on Tuesday. I also don’t wear those shorts every time I run. Instead, what it means is that while I am training for my race(s), you can expect to read a post about running every Tuesday on the blog. Sometimes it will be really practical, like this post, and sometimes it might be a little more abstract, but it’s all going to be about running! (Until I change my mind, and then it won’t!)
Yesterday I went for my first run now that I am officially back on my training plan. It was my intention to wake up early and run in the morning, but it was drizzling out, and it was less than 60 degrees, so I decided to lie in bed and watch the Today Show instead. That and the fact that I’d completely forgotten to even set my alarm an hour early so that I would have enough time to run.
It’s a good thing that I waited because I forgot that I am doing a walking challenge! My coworkers and I are participating in a contest that is trying to get people in my city off the couch. Each team of 5-10 people will be tracking how many steps they take over the next three weeks. After that time, the winning team will win $1000. I’m wearing my pedometer all the time now.
We think we have a secret because FOUR of the seven people on our team are regular runners. One lady is training for a marathon, one is training for a half, and the other runs 5-6 miles every day. SCORE! Oh, the fourth one is me
So now let me tell you about my run!
I started out around 4pm, my favorite time to run. In the summer time, that happens to be the hottest time of the day. However, now that fall is upon us, the temperatures are much more agreeable. I decided to only do 2 miles today because I want to build back up strong. I also wanted to be able to run on Wednesday, at which point I will do 3 miles. As much as I want to charge back out there and run the 5 miles that I had reached before I got injured, I know that’s a bad idea. Here’s are the details of my run, in a nutshell:
The Good -
The weather was absolutely PERFECT for a run. It was partly cloudy and about 70 degrees with a breeze. It was just warm enough that even this southern girl could wear shorts and a t-shirt without feeling uncomfortable, even for my warm up and cool down walks. I felt strong for most of the run, and I even had a “Man do I love running” moment about a mile in. I LOVE it when I feel that way.
The Bad -
Overall, this was a pretty good run, but I did notice that I have lost some fitness. Before, two miles was nothing to me. Today, it took some effort. Granted, I felt like I could have kept running, but I was still glad to be done with those few miles. I know that I’ll build back up in plenty enough time for my race, but it does stink to think that I’ve essentially lost 3 comfortable miles.
The GREAT -
No IT band pain – ZERO! I felt strong. I came home and stretched after, and then I made Amy’s zucchini muffins and went to a dinner and enjoyed the fellowship. I am believing that this is the start of VERY GOOD THINGS for my training, and that I might just be able to run that half marathon after all. Plus, I got 4600 steps for the team according to my pedometer!
Do you run? How was your last run? Have you ever had zucchini muffins or bread?
*Only two days left before the September Veggie of the Month Link-Up!