Friday’s Run (4/30/2010)
I am not above bribery to make myself go running.
I knew it was going to be a long day at work, but I really didn’t want to use that as an excuse not to go running. My last run was on Sunday, almost a week ago, and I had hoped to get another run in before the weekend. One of my short-term goals is to ease myself back into running so that I can build up my running distance to about 5 or 6 miles per run. This goal is part of a longer-term goal that I want to write about in more detail in the near future, so suffice to say that I’m doing short, easy runs that I’ll gradually lengthen. I’m also doing a lot of cross-training because I’ve fallen in love with the fun of being able to bike and swim whenever I want. I’ve never had that kind of flexibility before, and I’m living it up.
I decided the best way to get myself ready to run would be to unwind for a little bit. Laying on the floor seemed like an excellent idea, so I did.
Then I made myself a small snack. I am crazy about Carr’s Whole Wheat Crackers. They’re sweet and crumbly and just perfect with peanut butter. (They’re also great with a salty cheese or a smear of cream cheese topped with strawberries—instant cheesecake! Yum.)
And with this snack in my belly, I was out the door. My runs will be short and easy for the next month or two, and tonight’s run was 20 minutes: 2 10-minute sets with a 5-minute walking break between the sets. It was a very humid night, but because I left around 8 PM to run, the heat had faded a little bit. The first 10-minute set was hard as my lungs worked to keep up with my legs, but the second 10-minute set felt great. I find it’s often the case the my legs and my lungs are not equally matched: on days my legs are exhausted, my lungs are feeling great. On days that my legs are well-rested and fresh, my lungs are a little more taxed by the effort. The days when they come together and work in perfect harmony are the best.
Overall, it was a great run: short and sweet with no pain.