Saturday, January 08, 2011
Week Five -- Training for the Shamrock Half Marathon
This is week five of my training for the half marathon. My monday run was a 3 mile run around my neighborhood. I do love this run, as there's a stretch of it through a street of beautiful big homes and there are only a few cars that pass by. It was 39 degrees when I ran and I've gotten used to running in that temperature. I marked in my journal that it was a "great run." I work from home on Mondays, so I'm able to start my run right at 5pm and run while it's still daylight. The rest of the week I work in my office and arrive home a dusk, so I end up running on the treadmill. I'm looking forward to daylight savings time switch on March 13th so that I can run outside more. I know...I know...why don't I run in the morning? That snooze button is just too tempting.
On Wednesday I ran 4 miles on the treadmill, but almost stopped at 35 minutes. At that point, I walked for about a minute and convinced myself to keep going. I made it to 4 miles. My next run would have been a 3 miler, but on Thursday evening, I was in a I'm just too tired or too sore sort of mood and Friday was a I'm running my long run tomorrow anyway mood.
Which takes us to today, Saturday. I didn't sleep as well as I would like to, but I don't seem to sleep well before my group runs or for any of the events I've run in. I've done some googling on that and I'm not the only one and I read not to worry about it, so I don't. Since I stopped worrying about not sleeping before a race, I do tend to sleep better. Regardless of the lack of sleep, today's run was a really good run. Again, it was about 39 degrees and I needed to shed my windbreaker halfway through. We did six miles and I was running the same pace as two other runners so I wasn't running alone this time. There was some black ice sections of the trail, but I was able to not slip and fall. The last 2 miles seemed faster, as one of the other runners and I chatted. Teaming will be especially beneficial for all of us as the miles increase. Around mile 4, though, I felt my back rib area tweak out a little. I kept running though and I'm hoping that it readjusts itself. I hurts a little bit when I breath in, but it's not at all like what happened on one of my morning runs last summer. That morning, about a mile into a 3 mile run, my upper back, left side, started to spasm. I couldn't breath in without it hurting badly. I walked home that morning in a great deal of pain. Chiropractic and rest fixed it within a week, but it really made me weary of running in the morning. I started to think that my body really ready to run so soon after I get up. Well...this being week 5 of my group runs at 7:30am, I'm reconsidering this thought. I'll keep you posted on that idea.
Why do I run? I run to keep myself young. I don't feel my age...my age will not define who I am...who I am will define me...I used to say age is just a number, but now I say my age is how I feel. There are days I feel older and there are days that I feel younger. I will not dress or act my age...ever....