Well my two week drought is over. Ugh. So after posting a great time for my first-ever 10K, it took me two weeks to run again. No idea why, but this morning I finally got some running in. I don’t like running when it’s too hot and it’s been warmer lately, I’ve had to finish up a couple of knitting designs (that I actually do for yarn companies and for money, so yes – it’s a second job), I’ve unpacked the last big chunk of boxes in my apartment and for the excuse that fitness people will actually believe, I just haven’t made the time.
I’ll be honest and if you’re a runner, please let me know if you’ve experienced this, but my achilles have been really tight lately – both on the left and right heels. It doesn’t really hurt per se, but man is it stiff. It’s not as if I can stretch it out, though I do exercises and stretches to try to loosen it up. Once I started running today it didn’t bug me, but it’s still tight. I’ll keep working the exercises, but it’s especially stiff when I first stand up and take a few steps after sitting for a while.
Also, I’ve noticed with longer runs that there’s one little spot on my right hip that’s a little sore – like a small, targeted spot that decided to hurt after I ran a longer distance. Weird thing is that it’s only on the right hip. Left hip is totally fine. Am I just weird? (Perhaps that question should be rhetorical?)
I’ve worked my way through the shin splints, the sore leg muscles that are being used, but the achilles heels’ being stiff seems to be my latest.
Anyway, I didn’t have my Nike + app / phone with me, but here’s what I ran / walked today.
.5 miles – Interval / 10 minutes on the treadmill. (The incline on the treadmill kept going up and down – great for warmup.)
1.5 miles – 20 minutes or so. I mostly ran it, but at a 13 minute per mile pace. A little slower, but who cares if I ran most all of it. I slowed down because I’m not always coordinated when I use a towel to wipe my forehead as I get all hot and stuff during a run.
I did some stretching and such afterwards for about 5-10 minutes and then grabbed a protein shake. I missed my protein shakes! I don’t have them TOO often since they’re expensive, but I’d rather have one of those than a pricey cup of coffee!
Anyhoo – no more two week breaks. Ugh – what the heck was I thinking? Felt good today to get a run in – even if only a short one! :-)