I am finally back to running again, but I have some ground to regain. A month off doesn’t do much for speed especially when I am not speedy to start with. Last week was the first week that I completed both runs on my training because I finally felt well enough to run. Tuesday went pretty well. Thursday was a struggle but mainly because my knee was acting up. On Sunday I had been scheduled to run the Publix Half Marathon but cancelled because I was not trained for it. So I decided it was another run day. It was a gray and gloomy day so I headed to the gym and thought that I would either run the track or get on a treadmill. I decided to start on the treadmill and see how it went.
I don’t really mind the treadmill as much as some people do. I have really only been running on them for about a year. What I find is that it helps me with my pace and to realize that I really can run faster than I think I can. On Sunday I decided that I would run 40 minutes. I started with a slower pace but only stayed there for 3-4 minutes and dropped it. It felt pretty good and I soon realized I was close to half way finished. March Madness was on the television right in front of me. The Stanford game was just ending and Kentucky was about to start – if the ads ever ended, that is. That was one of the ways I progressed on Sunday – ad by ad. I realized that each ad was roughly a minute, though some were shorter. There seemed to be at least 5 ads between a few minutes of commentary. So I clicked off the time by watching the ads, waiting to see if there would ever be a game on to watch. I pushed the pace to a faster speed again around 30 minutes. It still didn’t feel too bad. When I was getting near 40 minutes I decided to see if I could go longer and faster. I made it another 4 minutes at a faster pace. Then I slowed down for a total of 50 minutes.
This was not all as easy as it might sound. I fought myself mentally during the first half of the run. At 20 minutes I thought I might only do 30 minutes. I argued with myself. I thought “what would Theresa do? Yup, she would do what she planned and push a little more.” (Theresa is another one of Sam’s clients. She blogs here: http://fatgalfitness.tumblr.com/ and she inspires me.) I kept going. Once I hit 30 minutes, I knew I could make it 40 minutes. One of the really good things was that I was able to keep running without pausing the treadmill to regroup. While I don’t mind it now that I am used to running on it, I do often have to pause and get myself going again. On Sunday I didn’t though. The treadmill kept going and so did I – the whole 50 minutes without a single pause. I was watching my heart rate rather than distance and was able to maintain z2 and get up to z3.
Overall, it felt great and was a nice burst of confidence for my running.