Apparently, my life is the definition of “inconsistent” and “contradictory”.
After that whole “I can’t run races, stupid knees, stupid hamstring, whine whine whine” post yesterday, I went to the gym and did this:
After all that lamenting on my recent race-less life, I headed to the gym and ran my own 3.1. It wasn’t even premeditated; I arrived with plans of arc training and ellipticaling dancing in my head. After I finished my warm up, I thought…”what the heck*…I’ll see what I can do on the ol’ treadmill.” As usual, I figured I’d optimistically aim for about 2-3 miles but stop if I felt any pain. So far post-marathon my max is about 2.
*Yes, I still say “what the heck”. I’ve been told this is a totally Midwestern thing and that I’m weird for saying it out here on the East Coast. Sorry I’m not sorry.
Here’s a rough breakdown of how the run panned out:
0 – 5 min: walk at 3.2
5 – 10 min: jog at 5.5
10 – 20 min: jog at 5.8
20 – 25 min: run at 6.0
25 – 30 min: run at 6.1
30 – 31 min: run at 6.5
31 – 32 min: run at 7.0 – 7.5
32 – 33 min: run at 8.0 *LOVE a good pickup to end a run
33 – 35: walk at 3.2
I feel GREAT about this. I also feel a little quad soreness (not pain!) today. What a lovely feeling. I’m guessing that the treadmill made it a little easier on me; not sure how this would have panned out on concrete. But, it’s a start. I didn’t have to stop because of pain. I think starting with a slow pace and working my way up gradually was key here. WIN.
With that being said, I need to formulate a plan. Are you seeing a pattern here? I test out running one day and then wait a week or two before trying again. Sometimes I have pain the next time, sometimes I don’t. Again with the inconsistency. But don’t worry, I’m not going to go out and try for a 5K PR anytime soon. I stand by what I said yesterday – I need to be smart and listen to my body. Maybe just a slow, steady pace run for the next time?
The remainder of the evening consisted of reviewing notes on ATP and energy pathways and dinner at Cosi with B. The best thing besides the company?
S’mores for two! Right to your table! Amazing. Such a perfect little date night.
Tell me: What do you think? When should I try running again? Tomorrow? Next week? Any tips for moving forward? Do you like s’mores too? Have a great Tuesday!