Tuesday 2/28 Workout: Run on treadmill 3.35 miles @ 37:58 1.0 incline
Have you ever had a run that just flew by? A run that you truly enjoyed? A run where you felt like you could run… forever?
Well, I’ve never had one of those types of runs… until tonight. And it was on the treadmill to boot. I wouldn’t say I could have run forever, but I felt like I could have run more than I did, but I had to pick up the dog from daycare before they closed because Tonto waits for NO ONE. I ran 3.35 miles in 38 minutes, which included 7 minutes of walking to warm up and cool down. This was a milestone for me.
On Sunday, I really struggled with my run and had a longggg moment of self-doubt. I began to doubt how I was ever going to run further than 3 “measly” miles. After a pep talk with my virtual running group, my Turtle friends, I realized that my problem was I beat myself up too much over my pace. I can run a 10:20 minute pace outside, so why can’t I do it on a hamster wheel with the tread pulling me along? Well, there’s the whole running in place, with no scenery, in a humid and smelly gym thing….
So I decided my goal today was a) to run b) at a slower pace and c) not complain about it.
I am not a natural runner like a lot of other runners. Running, for me, is HARD. I have asthma. My legs are short,which makes my stride shorter, which ultimately makes running shorter distances harder for me. Running hurts my knees unless I do exercises 3x a week to strengthen my leg muscles. I have to try really hard to keep up my endurance, otherwise I can lose it in as quickly as 2-3 weeks. I’m not one of those people who can take a 2 week hiatus from running and pick up where I left off. Running is not natural or easy for me, but I think this is also why I love running so much — to push myself beyond the limits I thought I had.
I am proud of myself today. I met and surpassed my goal. I watched as people came and went on the treadmill next to me, as others stood and waited next to me for my treadmill, and I watched them walk away annoyed that I wasn’t done with my workout yet. (How dare I work out for as long as I wish!)
I couldn’t help but be proud of myself tonight, and I hope that this is a sign of good things to come.