Monday, April 01, 2013
I did it. I woke up today feeling blehhh... grouchy, wanting to sleep in, knees were mad, IT bands were tight... I thought about skipping it... then I remembered how good my runs made me feel, and I reminded myself that I had an entire day to be lazy and rest up yesterday... my body was ready, but my mind wasn't. But, I made myself do it anyway, and I'm sooo glad I did.
I had to take the running slower today because of the longer intervals
Me after the run.. squinting from the sun
It wasn't too bad! I think I can try it a bit faster Wednesday, even. There were a few points that I was really pushing, feeling like I couldn't do it.. but I could, and I did. I became my own Jillian Michaels in my head, repeating to myself, "straighten up, chin up, breathe in through your nose and mouth, use your diaphragm, engage your core," just repeating these over and over and focusing really hard on my breathing rhythm. That really helped... running posture and breathing are so absolutely critical.
On my way back home after each run... I am greeted by this ^
OH JOY OF JOYS. These stairs get my heart rate up faster than running ever could. I hate them, but I love them. They suck, but I know they're good for me. It's a bit of cross-training for my quads, and it is helping me get into better shape.
Now, off to stretch and shower.