I complain a lot here, but in person not so much. My family while they know that running is harder now, don’t realize how much harder it is for me now. There are a few reasons..
- What is anyone going to do about it
- When your the only runner in the house, you know your spouses first reaction will be to tell you to stop running races and running at all.
- No one likes a complainer.
Believe it or not, it’s not something I really like to talk about.
That’s what I have here for…
I feel like my life and training are on a bit of a yo-yo. I’ve had some good runs recently. Some I can do anything runs. Then they are followed by the what the Hell am I doing this for runs.
Such is life.
I will say the What the Hell runs do give you the mindset to push through. The other night I went out for a run. I wanted to get in at least 6. I was getting out later than I had wanted to, but you know life. It was dark. I was tired and had been on my feet most of the day. By mile 3, I thought maybe I should cut the run short. I reminded myself that “Marathons don’t just happen” so I kept going. I did need to stop sporadically to stretch my legs. I find they are much sorer now than I ever remember them being.
Today I had toyed with going out for my long run. The weather is perfect for running actually. I have 18 on the books for this weekend. I just feel that if I go out today it won’t be pretty. Yesterday I went with the family to Hershey Park. While it was a lot of fun, it was also a lot of walking. Per my Garmin, at least 6 miles. It was also a very long day as the Park is 2 1/2 hours away.
Last night I woke up with leg cramps. I even got out of bed to take some Motrin. I even moved to the couch thinking if I could recline and have my legs up that might help. This morning they were still sore.
To put this in runners terms….. I felt like I had run a very hard and fast half marathon yesterday.
After some foam rolling, stretching, more Motrin, and more stretching; my legs felt better. I’m sporadically stretching throughout the day, but I think it would be best to do my long run tomorrow….. even if someone told me it’s supposed to rain.
I need to check the weather, but it’s 3:00 PM and I just don’t feel like starting a long run now. I’m resting and taking it “easy” today.
This makes me think that it is a good thing that I am flying out Friday for Chicago Marathon. Then I will spend Saturday resting as much as possible. No wondering around the city. Just as easy peasy as can be. I’m finding that I do best with rest day’s in between runs. I used to train with only one rest day a week. Learning to run on tired legs. Well now I don’t need to run every day for them to be tired.
It’s all good.
It will get done.
I will get my run in.
Training is different than in the past, but it’s still training.