Another week down and July is quickly coming to a close. My week started off tired and I felt sluggish. I began with three miles at the base track which seemed more of a chore than fun. I love getting a quick run in at lunch ~ it’s a nice break-up of the day. When I come back to the office I’m ready for the rest of the day. I had to run/walk these miles, I admit. I was just tired. While running I began to feel a slight pull in my left calf increasing. I’ve been feeling this for a while, nothing serious until….Thursday.
I started my Thursday run normally, meaning no pains or aches and went the normal neighborhood route. Two miles in and a couple of hills later my calf said “oh no you don’t”. I had just passed a couple walking on the road when the pain began and I stopped shortly thereafter to regroup. You want to know what was going through my mind? Sure you do, I thought…..the couple probably thought I had to stop because the hill was too much for me. I guess in retrospect it was because my calf was hurting and I…uh stopped. I know…yes I know…sigh. I walked a few hundred yards then picked it back up. It only hurt when stopped and I was able to finish my run. I paid for it when I got home:)
Sunday was a better day. Took the bike out and increased my mileage to 20.38. I felt good and pace average was 4:46. It was a beautiful day on the bike trail and everyone was out taking advantage of the morning. Total mileage = 28.23 for the week. I appreciate every step on the pavement and every rotation of the pedal, the pain is only temporary and hurts, at times, when I stop. Happy Miles to You.
I get disappointed sometimes when I expect to complete more miles and realize that okay, I’m only going to be able to do my best and get in what I can. Learn to let it go. (Isn’t that a song?) That’s hard for type As you know. There will be good weeks and weeks where I have to just accept it is what it is the number that is. I always look for the positive and yes, there is a positive. The bursitis in the right hip is on the mend and I actually ran more in the last couple weeks than I’ve run in a while. That is good, but boy can I feel it in my stamina, or should I say lack thereof. As most of you runners can attest, dropping down the mileage for a while then trying to ramp it back up can be a little challenging. Gradual steps I guess. I was able to run four times with my longest run around 4.66 miles this evening.
This weekend was a yoga training weekend, so that means I was tired. Came home this evening, got some stuff done and wanted to make sure I got in a run. Today’s run started out good but I can’t lie I wanted to walk a bit around mile 2 and the hills were kicking my butt. I can only speak for myself but running is very mental. You know those crazy talks you have with yourself…”well if I just get to the top of this hill I’ll only walk for about 100 yards”….uh huh. Or maybe you start noticing every malady that arises. Leg pain, why did I wear these earrings that keep hitting my ear buds (really annoying) and of course the stomach pain (where’s the bathroom?). Anyway, I’m happy to say I pulled through it and finished, without the walking.
Miles completed = 15.74 running. Accepting happily 9,909.03 remaining. Happy Miles to you.
4th of July in the Midwest was absolutely beautiful. I can only imagine that weather in heaven would be just as good. I know the weather on the East coast wasn’t so great, but I hope everyone was able to put in some good mileage.
June mileage = 62.49. Down a bit from last month.
Yoga continues to take up a great bit of my time on the weekend. As I get closer to my certification I’ve been getting together with some of my work buddies and teaching them a few moves to get ready for my test in October. It’s funny trying to teach that yoga “flow” is a lot harder than it looks. I’m still having a great time and can’t wait to complete the training.
I was happy that I was able to start running again ~ not much, but little bits. I’m slowly getting back into it while taking care of my bursitis in my right hip. I also discovered some joint tea from Yogi, love the taste and thought I would get it a try.
My first run for July was 4.65 miles and pain-free. I will continue to scrap at it. Sunday was my long bike ride. The husband and I rode on the metro bike trail for about 14.36 miles. It is a combination of flat and some light hills. It’s nice when you don’t feel like dealing with traffic for your entire ride.
Total mileage since last update = 21.21 miles. Total mileage completed 1,390.23 and 9,924.77 outstandingly remaining. Happy miles to you.