For the past ~2 months I’ve been overwhelmed with reasons not to run. Healing from a race, being sick, being too tired… it’s like excuses where piling on top of me, surely to keep me from ever running again. I’d like to say that, much like a super hero in a cartoon, I finally broke free in one massive explosion of effort and heroism. Not so much. I did go for a run today though.
This morning I set my alarm a little earlier than I normally would on a run day, because I knew I’d be struggling. 3:45 came and up I went. I got dressed, did some light stretching. It’s not a great idea to stretch cold muscles, but I knew this wasn’t going to be a warm-up kind of run, so I’d need to loosen up a bit. I finally strapped on my shoes, turned on the rum monitoring app on my phone, complete with rock music, and hit the pavement. I could immediately tell my knees were in bad shape; I spent the entire run looking like an old man. I ran as best I could to cushion the shock of impact.
Mile 1 – 12:58 – the first major hill is out of the way, the second is coming up. Knees are like rubber, but I fat-coach along the best I can.
Mile 2 – 12:54 – hills are done, with a gradual down hill toward a .25 mi. flat finish. Usually I would complete the 2.25mi. loop to finish at the house, but this morning, the 2 mi. minimum was all I could muster. I am absolutely drained, but it feels so good to have gotten back out for a run.
I have been sick with a respiratory infection for about 6 weeks. I used up my antibiotics, am almost out of cough medicine, and have been using an inhaler (sparingly). I got a little better, but then kinda just plateaued last week. The extensive holiday eating probably didn’t help. This week, I intend to get back to eating healthy. This morning I had 2 eggs, scrambled with a little bacon and mozzarella cheese. I had 20oz. of water with breakfast, and a 20oz. smoothie* on the way to work. I have nuts to snack on at work, to supplement a Lean Cuisine and a can of tuna for lunch. Dinner will probably be leftovers, mostly turkey but maybe some leftover venison chili also.
Hopefully I will be able to get 2 miles in again Wednesday morning, under 20 minutes.
*smoothie Ingredients: 1 cup greek yogurt, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, 8oz. V8 veggie mix, 4oz. cran-raspberry juice, 1 whole kale leaf.