What a Difference a Day Makes!

Yesterday I wanted to run a 10 miler. Unfortunately I also picked to sleep in and go for an evening run…which would have been fine except it was 88 degrees and the sun was BRUTAL. I was dehydrated and so hot I was incredibly slow. I barely knocked out 7.5 miles and I was scared I was just going to pass out out at one point, but I needed a long run this week because I missed last weeks. Not as long as I’d like to have gone of course, but I think that should tide my legs over until next Sunday/Monday.

Today on the other hand I couldn’t run in the morning so I ran again in the evening but it was PERFECT. 100% perfect running weather. Sunny, but it was cool and breezy and there were some clouds in the sky. I wish I had known because I would’ve just run a short run yesterday and saved the 10 miler for tonight. Alas, I didn’t know so today I just breezed through a recovery run and did some abs and legs.

Yesterday was the Boston Marathon!!! I admire all the runners who ran it, especially in such killer heat, and how they work so hard to qualify for the most famous marathon in the country!! Someday I will run it….when I get fast enough….

Mileage – 2.1 miles

QOD – Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too.

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People make me HAPPY!

The past couple of days with graduation coming up and finishing all my work I’ve just gotten myself into an emotional knot. I haven’t been working it all out or relieving any stress and today it just all built up. I miss my friends that have graduated already, or the ones that I don’t get to see anymore and I wish I could hang out with them all more with the end of the semester rolling around. The lack of routine also makes me tense and  I know when I get stressed I need to take it out on something but I’ve been too lazy to run this week and it caught up to me. So this afternoon I decided to snap myself out of it!

I put on my iPod because I just wanted to drown everything out and I didn’t set a distance or a pace or a goal, I just went out and ran. It felt great, I needed it. I felt like everything that was jumbled in my head went right back into place! All these people were in the park, couples holding hands, moms with baby strollers, other JMU students running, families playing and when we crossed paths I would smile at them and they would smile back. IT MADE ME FEEL GREAT!!! Some days people just stare at you when you smile at them, but today even a few waved or said Hi. It just made me so much happier. People make me happy. If I hadn’t gone for the run I probably would’ve just sat moping around my house. Instead I just needed people, not even ones I knew, and it was perfect.

 

Mileage – 5 miles and sprints

QOD – Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.

Recovery….Run?

The weather was nice, I had all day to myself, why not run this morning? Well I had done a long run yesterday. Then I looked at marathonsweetheart’s blog (GO GIRL!) when I woke up and she had a recent post about resting the day before a long run and then doing an easy run the day AFTER your long run. I did the reverse of this while training for my marathon and I figure why not give this new idea a try. I’ve heard that walking or being active the night of/morning after a long run helps release the build up of acids in your muscles so I’ve always just stretched the night of a long run and done light cross training the day after a long run.

So today I went for a nice easy run and my pace was actually faster than it was yesterday and my legs felt pretty good! My feet were definitely still hurting and I’ll have to keep my toenails painted always because I’m sure my bruising will come back haha oh well. It was a little chillier today but it was nice in the sunshine. I definitely need to get back to my old stretching routine because I don’t want to run into the issue of my hips getting really out of line again. 

Also today I bought my 26.2 and 13.1 stickers for my car. Lame I know, but motivation! AND I sold and donated a bunch of my old, overweight Sarah clothes. No turning back, have to fit into everything I own now! I’ve also recruited my little brother, who is an art majors, to help me design one of my tattoos…which is partially running inspired.

Mileage – 2.18miles

QOD – If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.  

Gonna Make It!!

I was starting to get a little scared about this half race coming up, I’ve felt out of it with all this on and off running in my initial training. So today I decided to head out for an 8miler just to see where I was at. It was my longest run since the marathon back in October and it FELT AWESOME. It was a little slower pace than I would’ve liked, but I’ll take it.  I definitely was wayyyy dehydrated from a weekend of fun nights, so I was scared running without my water belt which of course I left at home in MD. The nice breeze and occasional clouds definitely helped me out there and I chugged enough during lunch to keep me going. I got some nice sun though so that’s nice! 

My feet are either numb or very sorrrreeee. I’ve lost most of my callouses on my toes and my feet are definitely not accustomed to long runs anymore, so the next 2 weeks probably will be a bit of a battle while I work them back up.   I need to stretch hardcore before I sleep tonight so tomorrow I don’t wake up in a ball unable to move haha. I took a luke warm shower afterwards, I still can’t bring myself to take freezing cold showers or baths after long runs. Cold water is just torture for me, I’d rather be a little more sore than suffer through an ice bath…maybe someday I’ll get over it. 

Mileage – 8 miles

QOD – Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.