Week of January 15, 2012:
Friday: Short run + 2x20 sec sprints
Saturday: Will bike for food
Week of January 22, 2012:
Sunday: LONG RUN!
First things first: check out my new running shoes! I had long resisted buying pink running shoes, but this time, I gave in to the temptation, and here they are: my pink Brooks Adrenaline. My old pair was also the Adrenaline line. The new shoes seem a bit bulkier than the old ones, but the fit is good, so I have no complaints.
I took the new shoes on a test run (ride) by wearing them on Saturday when I biked to and from the grocery store. They felt totally comfortable, so I decided to take a chance by wearing them on this week’s long run. And while the shoes did fine, I was another story. I’m not going to lie, dear readers: this was one slog of a run. There were all sorts of reasons: I’ve been generally tired this weekend, it was hot and humid (for January, at least) and I was overdressed for the weather, and on Saturday night I whacked my knee on the coffee table so it was a little sore today. I had to stop a few times to remove layers—I rolled up my running tights to make them into fake capris, and I took off my long-sleeve tee. I wish I’d worn shorts and a tank top today! But it was too late for hindsight, so I slogged my way through a slow 60-minute run.
You know, I don’t think every run can or should be easy. Some runs will be slogs, and I believe that it’s during those runs we are building our endurance and indeed, proving to ourselves that we are runners. Because it’s not always easy, and it’s not always fun. I think that last point is probably true about most things worth pursuing in life.
Fortunately, at the end of long runs, there are hot showers, and stretching, and pizza. Yum.
How were your long runs, friends? Good, bad, sloggy?