Well, I finally felt the itch this week. I loaded the kids up, hit the Y and jogged a 5k in about 30 minutes. I felt fine. Slow, but fine. And like I needed to stretch, but that’s par for the course after a longish break. I am not one to be able to hit it hard right after a break. It takes me a week, two or sometimes more to get back to my old easy pace. That’s fine with me. I ran again on Sunday with my husband who wanted to get a sitter and hang out with me on Father’s Day (awww!) He ran 8 and I ran about 5 on muddy trails. I didn’t time it, but it starting feeling maybe too long by the end.
I really want to get back into things and train again, even if that’s just a schedule to ease back into running and create a nice base to build off of next year. If I’m being honest with myself, that’s about what I should be doing. Easing back in for a few weeks, then building my aerobic base back up, then throwing in a short tempo and some strides here and there by the fall. I have resolved to not run 7 days in a week for the rest of the year and not 6 days until September at the earliest. That sounds annoying until I remember that I have all 3 kids to take care of and a house that needs a ton of attention and other things I’m working on to occupy me all summer. In reality, it’s going to be September until I have time to run with any intention AND sleep and I’m not foregoing sleep to run any time soon after my recent history.
So, discipline and commitment for me now is in recovering and tending to other facets of my life over running. That’s not going to impress anyone or win me any trophies, but I know I’ll be a much better person for it.
Tue: 45:00 kettlebell class followed by 35:00 easy elliptical (heart rate topped out at 130).
Wed: 40 minute easy elliptical
Fri: 5k jog in 30:00
Sun: 5 easy miles on trails.
Total: 45:00 kettlebells, 75:00 elliptical and 8 miles of easy running.