Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I tried slowing my run down again today, and again it didn't work. I finished in 16 minutes... one minute faster than Monday's time. I managed to run the whole thing this time, no walking breaks, and there was virtually no traffic, so I didn't even have to stop to wait and cross roads. I am really tired today from yesterday's all out paddling effort, but that was all core and upper body, so I figured my legs would be okay for running today. Turns out I was correct, who knew?! My schedule on Fridays is usually pretty tight, so I don't know if I will get the chance to try running the 3.2 mile loop, but I think I am ready to push for it. Maybe I will run tomorrow too, since Friday may have to be a short run. Something to consider.
I got a sunburn on my forearms yesterday. It was cloudy when we left so I didn't think about sun block for my arms. My legs are protected by my splash deck, and I wear a hat, so it is just my arms in danger. I am going to have funny tan lines from wearing paddling gloves. Something I discovered on our paddle yesterday is that the surgical scar on my lower back gets sore from sitting in the kayak for hours. I hadn't really noticed it before while kayaking. I have trouble doing sit ups because of it, so it makes sense that the constant friction in a seated position would also irritate it. There are gel seats I could get to help alleviate the problem, but they are pricet... and how often do I paddle 30 miles in one day? (Not very.)
My food is back to normal today. I can't believe I ate so much yesterday, but I needed it to sustain the effort I was putting forth. I have read information on the problems of trying to lose or maintain weight while training or just being highly physically active. What I have read seems to indicate that proper nutrition to support intense physical activity is more important than worrying about weight. Not that I am worried per se about my weight. But I am AWARE of it. I think I will always have to be, so I don't start gaining again. Being 320 pounds was uncomfortable and depressing, and I don't want to go back there.