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Recovery or Laziness?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

After a great first half-marathon, I went easy on the running for most of last week, opting to focus instead on cross training. Unfortunately, last week was pretty busy and I didn't get as much time in the gym as I had planned on.

For Memorial Day Weekend, my husband and I went to visit my husband's father and stepmom in sunny Florida. I was really excited to be able to enjoy the warm weather and explore Florida on foot (my favorite way to explore on vacation). Unfortunately my father-in-law lives in a fancy gated community, so the hassle of leaving the community and getting back in through the gate looked to be a bigger pain than it would be worth. I decided to go for a nice jog along the beach... ouch!

I knew running on sand was difficult, but I think I underestimated exactly how difficult it is. The sand on the beach wasn't packed all that well, so the ground constantly gave out under me. My normal 9:30 pace turned into 12 minutes plus, and I was by no means slacking off. Two miles out I turned around to make it a four mile run, and soon my knees got tired. I suddenly became aware of how much strain I was putting on my knees and ankles, and I couldn't shake the feeling that I was getting nowhere fast. I went easy on my knee and alternated running/walking the rest of the way. Walking barely relieved my knees, as I'm sure you're all aware that walking on sand is still hard work.

Thus, my first run after my half was not so great.

The next morning, I decided instead to take advantage of the fitness facility in their condo complex for a run on the treadmill. Much better that time around.

In all, although I took it easy this week, I'm getting back into the swing of things. This Saturday I will do a 6ish mile run, and on Sunday I have a 4 mile race. Back on track!
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