this is what my husband asked me before i headed out for a run this morning. i took a break from my break from running to, ah - run. i actually wanted to run and i thought this was a desire that should be embraced. so as i headed out for the first time in a week, i had no plan other than to run as long as my legs would carry me, and to hope that no one i knew saw me walking should the need arise.
the need indeed arise. five miles felt crazy hard. it wasn't pretty, it wasn't fun. i didn't wonder what the hell i've been missing. my ass hurts. my back hurts and my knee is squishing. that wanting to run disappeared pretty quickly once i was actually running.
so, do i have a plan? yeah - right now i gotta go lie on top of a tennis ball to get the knot out of my lower back. that's my plan. beyond that, i got nothing. actually, i have plenty of bike riding plans - and do think i need to come up with some sort of training plan for my next few race endeavors. but as far as running goes i discovered this morning that sadly, or not so sadly (which is sort of sad); i didn't really miss the running. maybe i just need to be more patient, not sure exactly what i expected from a once-a-week run. but, as me and my aching back walked the last quarter mile home this morning, i thought maybe it was running on the road that i didn't miss and it may very well be time to hit the trails. its still running. but its different. and i still really need different.
so, maybe some new trail shoes are my plan.
I think what's happening is you have found it easier to bike so now running feels HARD. Try some shorter, closer together runs and you may get over this a little faster. That's not good about the knee!
any excuse to buy new shoes will do!
Trails are the key... yes I vote for that!!! Just signed up for MMTR in November. Want to join me????
for the love of god, robin ... must you tempt me with that insanity? beacuse insanely enough -it is tempting.
vickie - yes, maybe some shorter runs to start out with are key. running felt weirdly weird. i think i need to give it more time.
caroline - oh yeah ... a new purchase is always fun. but i may try the trails on regular shoes first - to see if i even like it before dropping a bundle on new kicks.
I tend to forget to plan. And then regret it later.
Hmm, speaking of shoes. I think I need new running shoes.
So did you sign up for MMTR...yet? COME ON AND DO IT!!!!
Do you see me waiving the piece of candy in front of you..........
YES Trail running and a short 50 miles should help you. On this run you will forget pace/time/speed and be present to every step every, breath, every stone, every leaf and strip of light that got past them... slowly you'll come back to WOW I'm running!!!
Trail running has always sounded fun to me! You should totally do it!
It sounds like you live in a beautiful part of Kentucky. Maybe trail running is the answer. Plus, where there are trees, there's shade--a big plus for summer!
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