Saturday dawned bright and beautiful. I got my grocery shopping done first thing (7am) and then tied on my running shoes. I drove to the high school track where the football team had already begun practice one field over. I que’d up Pandora, on shuffle, and readied the runkeeper app, hit “go for a run” and took off! I wanted to run the full three miles around the block but I knew deep down I wasn’t there yet. As I rounded the first corner the sun hit me like….well….the sun. I did complete the three miles with just a few short walk breaks. Remember, it’s a process. Back at the track I met up with Jenn who came prepared with all sorts of wonderful tortuous drills. Let’s face it, I wouldn’t be doing one triceps dip let alone 120 without her pushing me. Thanks Jenn!
I was a bit of a slug the rest of the day on Saturday. Phil and I watched a movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” with Emma Watson. We both enjoyed it, Emma had an American accent and pulled it off well. I am a big Emma Watson fan.
Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods.
So is cous cous, put them together….yes please.
Sunday was a planned “Off” day but I got restless and climbed aboard the treadmill for some hill walking. Most of you would probably agree that the treadmill can be incredibly boring. That is why I try to mix it up with varying workouts. Sometimes I run sprints, and sometimes I find a pre-programmed 5K. On occasion I just walk while bumping the incline all the way to the top.
I was looking forward to getting in a couple of miles on Monday. I parked where I knew my route would be relatively flat. I was looking for distance and endurance, not speed or hills. It started out fine, I was feeling good but a little warm, that darn summer sun LOL! Then as I was about to enter a crosswalk I noticed a car about to turn in so I stopped short, and then I felt it…I had jammed my knee! I kept on going and made the one mile turn but not long after that my knee was really starting to hurt so I stopped to walk. As much as I wanted to keep going I really, really don’t want to be sidelined again. I finished the second mile at a run/walk…so sad. When I got home I promptly iced my knee and it felt better right away….whew!
This latest (near) injury got me to thinking. When I turned 50 earlier this year my friends were trying to tease me about “being old”. I laughed it all off because until recently I was feeling like I was 30 not 50. There is nothing we can do about our age so why stress about it? I have to say though, lately I have been feeling all of my 50 years. Well NO MORE! I am done with the injuries and the tiredness and the “feeling old”. DONE I tell you!!! Today, Wednesday, I drove to a starting place that I had never tried before. Sometimes a new venue is the best thing to pull me out of a rut. I am happy to say it worked! I FINALLY managed to stomp out a little more than two miles without one single walk break! I can now admit that I was starting to worry just a little that I wasn’t going to be able to build my distance back to where it was. Now that I have the “easy 2 miles” under my belt again I am feeling MUCH more confident. There’s no stopping me now!
Otter was privilege to a private puppet show.
- Have you ever struggled to build miles? Any tips?
- Cous cous, Yay or Nay?
- What has been the best part of your week so far?
Thanks for stopping by!