Runner Problems

Driving home from getting a scoop of ice cream,

(Have I mentioned that it’s blazing hot around here lately?)

still on a high from my run this morning,

I was filled with a surge of energy,

partly from the sugar and partly from the high of the run,

excited to brainstorm a plan for another run tomorrow morning.

But then in dawned on me.

Tomorow’s either a cross training day or a rest day.

Blast!

There is seriously nothing I hate more than cross training days.

You’d think I’d learn to like cross training by now.

After all, overuse is completely to blame for my nagging Runners Knee.

Yet, I really can’t stand cross training.

I guess maybe I just haven’t found an element of cross training that I connect with.

I’ve done hot yoga, spin class, Zumba. Even Jillian Michaels videos.

But really, nothing gets me going like running does.

It just isn’t the same kind of feeling.

Half the time I end up talking myself out of it, and justifying why a run will be fine.

But I guess I’ll never say goodbye to Runners Knee if I keep that up.

So I guess I’m here looking for suggestions.

What do you do on your cross training days?

And if you’re not a runner, what exercise do you love that I should give a try?

If I dissed your fave above, motivate me to give it one more try.

I need some inspiration.

So sadly tomorrow I won’t be running.

My grumpy butt will be going to the gym to find a cardio machine that calls to me.

I can only pray this half sugar, half runners high will get me through tomorrow’s workout.

I guess this is what we would call “Runner Problems.”

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Warmin’ Up!

Spring has sprung,

which makes for awesome running weather.

Today it was accompanied by a little wind,

but it was a great day for a run.

And as I ease myself into a training program

I was face to face with another lesson I’ve learned

along this injury battle.

Spend time warming up.

Today I forced myself to walk for at least 5 minutes,

stretch, and then walk 2 more before I started my run.

I can’t say that I can tell any difference

but I’ve been reading that its important to warm up before exercise.

My old “warm-up” routine consisted of putting my key in my pocket,

setting my watch, and walking for about 20 seconds to the path.

Then Boom!  Off I went.

So, though today may not be the day it feels any different,

I’m starting a new habit in hopes that someday it will.

I’m warmin’ up.  Are you?

What does your warm-up routine look like?

My Quest for a Comeback

Waiting for my return to running has been a long one.

I’ve longingly looked at my running shoes for months now,

just dying for an early morning run next to the river.

And I’m still waiting for that run.

However,

the comeback has begun!

I stopped running sometime around August

but I’m happy to report that last week I started running again!

It’s going to be a slow return,

which frankly is not fun and is hard to stick to,

but I’m back!

I plan to start journaling my return

with lessons I’ve learned, new things I’m trying,

along with the short term goals I’m setting for myself.

After all, this blog was started to write about my running adventures.

Lesson 1: Run your own race.

Words of wisdom from my father come in handy every so often.

Last week I returned to my favorite park for my first workout.

A coach from my old running group suggested I start small:

1:1 minute intervals of running and walking for no more than 3 miles.

I started real small – only 20 minutes.

The run felt good!  It made me feel free!

After the first minute, I was thinking, “Man, that was fast!”

And a few more later I was taking it all in

and thrilled that this run felt easy.

I felt like I could run faster, and longer.

There were runners surrounding me and I wanted nothing more

than to join them, or better yet, pass them.

But I didn’t.  I ran my own race.

I have to admit, there were a few times I wanted to ignore

the beeps of my Garmin telling me it was time to walk.

Embarrassed for walking.

But then I remembered those days I sulked on the couch because I couldn’t run

or had to stop a workout after 10 minutes.

I couldn’t bear the thought of starting right back at square one.

So I gave in to those beeps, walked,

and worried about running my own race.

In an effort to tune out my sheepish feelings for walking,

 I started to practice some of the form tips I’ve been reading about:

-Run with your feet right under you.  Don’t overstride and pay attention to cadence.

-Keep good posture.  Raise your arms above your head every so often.

-Keep your eyes up ahead of you.  Looking at the ground ruins your good form.

So far…so good.

May the adventures continue, and may the lessons become habits

for better health and better runs!

Gosh it feels good to be back!