Tuesday, August 16, 2011

08/16/11: The hills are alive.....

....with the sounds my footsteps.

I know, I know...the doc said no hills. But he said that over a month ago. And at no time did he say when I could start working them back in.

So, I decided to make today that day.

I had a short, 3 mile run on the schedule this morning....and I didn't feel like getting into my car and driving to the gym to use the treadmill....or driving to the flat trail that runs through town.

Nope, I donned my running gear and walked right out my front door.

It's been ages since I've been able to run in the neighborhoods near my house. The same neighborhoods I used to run in every morning last year.

I have to admit, I was a little nervous about it though. The last attempt didn't go so well.

I took it slow.....really, really slow. I stuck with my 2:1 intervals as much as I could....but did walk up quite a few of the hillier sections.

I could feel the fatigue in my legs right off the bat. I used to run these every morning, and here I was having trouble just making it up the first one I came to.

It's strange, how much I feel as though I've taken a time machine back in time. Last spring, I was running the same distances. Excited when my long run hit a whoppin' 5 miles! Excited when I could make it up those hills I was trying to run again this morning.

But, I walked in the door to my house, at the end of my run, with a very small limp. Nothing like what I've been experiencing in the past.

Baby steps. I'm getting there again!

37:25, 3 miles, 12:28 overall average pace, 336 calories, Max HR 182, Avg HR 161


Fran said...

You will get there Jen!

For what it's worth: I'm not injured but I'm so much slower now than I was in Spring. Not sure how that happened and how to get back at it. What I'm trying to say: you're not alone in this feeling and I'm confident we both will get back to our old running base or better.

Eternal Lizdom said...

At least you're getting out there and getting back to it. I still haven't recovered my rhythm and it's been months and I don't even have an injury to blame!

Good for you for getting out and going!

Nej said...

I've been so stressed about not being able to run....I need to relax. My legs are getting better....slowly. I just need to find that inner joy for running. Be happy that I'm out there as much as I can be now. Yes, it's only 3, 4 or 5 miles.....not 10, 11, 12....but it will get there soon enough.

@ Liz - losing that rhythm is horrible. I know exactly what you mean. And it seems, no matter how hard I try, I can't get it back. I think my issue is that I'm trying too hard. I just need to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. :-)