Today was my third day of running. I was a little ‘nervous’ about my run today, as I was plenty beat after my run on Tuesday. When I woke this a.m., I was strangely starving. My stomach was growling a bit, and that is something that I really haven’t noticed at 7:00 a.m. I am usually up around 6:30 and after the usual computer stuff (emails, blogs, social mumbo jumbo), I end up eating around 7:45. Since starting to run in the mornings, I eat after my run on those days, which ends up being about 8:15. As I sat in front of the computer this morning, I was trying to decide if I wanted to eat first or eat after – part of me was hungry enough to scarf down a huge bagel with extra cream cheese right then and there. But the the other part of me, knowing good and well that if I did that, I would not get out and run. Running won over.
So, last night, we had a mother of all thunderstorms. Around midnight, we were woken by sounds of rumbling thunder and flashes of lightning. It wasn’t just a little rumble and then a little lightning following. No, it was nonstop thunder for what seemed like an hour. And the lightning? It was like a strobe light outside our window. Strong winds, a fair amount of hail and lots of rain fell all night. I was finally able to get back to sleep about an hour later, but it was still going on out there. I woke up this morning, thinking about my run, and wondering if I was hitting the treadmill instead because of the unmistakable flooding that surely occurred. To my surprise, even though it was still pretty overcast, and there was hail everywhere, the temp was quite comfortable out. And, no flooding! The run was on! Instead of just running on the trail a block away, I decided to change up the scenery and head up to a near by park that has a lake with a trail that is 1.4 miles around. Oh, and no hills. Tuesday’s butt kicking still resonated in my mind.
I got there at about 7:45 and was on the trail and running at 7:56. Today’s run was in the Week 2 program – Run 1 minute, walk 3 minutes – Repeat 5 times. I brought up my phone apps, and was off. The 1st round was a breeze, and the 2nd through the 4th were ok, but I could feel it in my calves, but I didn’t slow down. The 5th was a bit slower, but towards the end of the minutes run, I come up behind a couple walking their dog on the trail, and I didn’t want to be stuck behind them and I knew my minute beep was coming up, so I sprinted a bit, and just as I passed them, my phone beeped. I continued the sprint for an additional 15 seconds or so, just to give myself some distance from the dog walkers before I slowed to a walk. By the time I got back to the car, my breath was back to normal and all was good. Quite a bit better feeling compared to Tuesday.
After getting home, I made a quick breakfast (still a bagel, but just a little cream cheese) and settled in to eat. As I sat there, I truly felt great. I cant remember feeling this good, especially just after a run/walk, for quite a while.
Today marks day 3 of week 2, and day 7 overall. My stats have improved again, and I am actually looking forward to Friday’s run. I don’t want to over-do it, but I want to continue getting faster in my pace. I just wonder how I’ll feel after the 4th run in week 3… I also wonder if my endurance will start to pick up pace as well. We will see. Stats below.