I have not enjoyed the couple runs I have had since vacation and don't even necessarily look forward to running. It's hard to look forward to something when you don't feel strong and you know something will hurt later in the day or the next day. If it's not my knee bothering me, it's my hip. I have been feeling like I'm falling apart, and all I can do is sit and wait for my doctor's appointment and get a second opinion so I can figure out what to do.
My mindset has been "5 miles". If you read my weekly workouts, you will notice whenever I run, it's usually 5 miles! Obviously that is not a good training strategy, but I am not training for anything. 5 miles equals out to a 40-45 minute run, which is just the perfect amount (usually) for me to get my running fix and maintain my cardio abilities.
Until now. Right now, running 5 miles has seemed daunting! 5 miles is so long! Even when I have a podcast, I am like... ugh, 5 more miles!? And I am only doing it 2 times a week. So my weekly mileage these days is 10 miles. HAHAHAHA. (Laughing instead of crying.)
However, yesterday, during my run, I decided to try something new. Instead of my standard 5 mile run, I'll do a 4 mile run/walk- 3 miles running, 1 mile walking, split up into different segments that I decide on the fly. I did it two days in a row, and I love it so far! A 4 mile run/walk sounds way less daunting than running 5 miles straight. I am less sore after, too. So mayyyyyybe, I could do it 3 days a week and then lift the other 4 days. That way I can still have some cardio in my fitness routine. We will see. I am sure I will change my mind as soon as I post this!
Yesterday's run was the first run I have enjoyed in two weeks! Paul was fishing at Pinchot Park and I was running/walking. Suddenly, around mile 2.5, it started POURING! It was so hot and humid out that the rain felt AMAZING! I felt strong and alive and I was so happy to be running. It was a great feeling!
I hope I have more of those feelings in the near future!