Though I thought I’d be writing extremely triumphantly about the rest of last week’s runs for my run challenge (since I proclaimed I would be putting the fuel back into it), I was feeling pretty ‘Eeyore’ about my running performance as the last 3 of 4 runs I had were just *not* good. I felt like I’d regressed back to how I used to run: heavy in the legs, with a weight on my chest, and laboriously. I was frustrated, to say the least. And worried, too, honestly. Because I’ve made incredible progress since starting this challenge 4 months ago now, that I should be improving, not regressing.
Looking back on those runs, I think it was a combination of things: self-doubt creeping back in (of course), adjusting to some incredibly warm temperature spikes (for March, this weather is NOT normal…not that I am complaining) and re-adjusting to running outside more consistently. I had some calf pain, I found it hard to breathe in the random humid air we’ve had, but conversely, also in the colder 40 degree temps I ran in last Saturday, too. I think my body was confused and trying to adjust to such a wide swing in temperatures definitely didn’t help.
Today was my first run of the week (with outdoor runs planned for ALL of my 4 runs this week – woohoo!!) and I was determined to make it a good one. I mapped out a new route (growing sick of the few I have been doing lately) and was excited to hit the road with M after not running since Saturday (thinking fresh legs would help!). Despite getting a massive leg cramp in the middle of the night leaving me with a tight and sore calf this morning (which – side note – any ideas why that happened? I drink water like it’s my job, eat a banana a day for potassium and stretched twice yesterday alone!), we actually had a REALLY good run!
I got that run-high back that I have been missing, we tackled a few unexpected hills and I ran them all, even though I had to reign in my breathing after each, I didn’t feel like a weight was on my chest, and that was a huge relief (I was starting to worry that I had somehow lost my ability to do that, after working so hard at it). Despite the coolish temps (41 degrees when we set out), I felt good, breathing, legs, all of it. I even kept an eye out for bunnies (I’m sure it’s too early for bunny-watching, but a girl can dream…), and let my mind wander. That, my friends, is a sign that I allowed myself to just run. Not think. Run.
It gave me the hope and confidence boost I need that this week’s runs WILL give me my full-on run mojo back. Here’s my plan for the rest of the week – subject to change, however, as I am *really* tempted to run 4 days in a row because it is going to be just glorious weather but I know deep down that 4 in a row is too much.
Tomorrow: spin class (I’ve been spinning on my own, so I think a class will be a nice switch up). Walk in the afternoon.
Thursday: run and barre n9ne long and lean legs class (one of my FAVES!)
Friday: 6 am barre n9ne method and rundate with my sis – we MAY even try to get in my ‘long’ 7 mile run. Followed by sister breakfast WITH our niece and other sister Jen (good motivation, no?)
Saturday: run with M. (if the weather looks shittastic – as it sort of does at the moment, I may turn this into an interval run dreadmill-style).
What say you? Any advice on the ole calf cramp? Why the forwards and backwards progress and missteps? I guess it happens to everyone, I just hope it goes away for good. I prefer consistency 😉 (Oh, and I am also thinking I need new sneakers…which may be part of the problem – thinking of trying these Brooks Run Connect sneakers on the recommendation of a fellow barre n9ne instructor – Julianna! Light and airy? Yes please!
**asslap to everyone adding some sweat to their lives, no matter what form it comes in…yoga, running, walking, swimming, kickboxing, barre, you name it, it counts **