Although I planned to do a 9 mile run this morning, I knew within the first five minutes of setting foot outdoors that it wasn’t going to happen. My long run today felt very different then it did last week.
Of course, being binge free/wheat free for 7 days in a row means I’m not loaded up on sugar to burn quickly and easily for my run. But if the trade off for being in a positive mental state is a slightly slower Saturday long run, I’ll take it. For now anyway… I still have my sites on the sub 2:00:00 time for the Disney Wine and Dine half marathon in November. Still enough time for my body to adjust to a new way of eating, I hope, although I believe it’s not enough time for me to recover from setbacks. Critical to stay on the path at this point…
Anyway, I wrapped it up at 7 miles at a 9:22/mi pace. Nothing to be too disappointed about, I’d say – and with Monday being a holiday, I can make another attempt for 9 miles if I’m feeling up to it then.
I didn’t stick to my usual training schedule this week. My workplace running club ( wp.me/p1N36Q-gw
) has been off to a slow start – nobody showed up for any of our scheduled runs last week. So this week, my club co-leader and I decided to at least join each other for our lead days (I lead Mondays, she leads Thursdays). It was nice to get out for a bit, but we have different goals we’re working towards – she runs shorter distances but is a bit speedier than me. Not a bad thing for me to consider continuing to join her, I think, as it provides a good alternative to doing speedwork on the treadmill.
This article that came in my weekly Shape newsletter couldn’t have been more timely – 40 tips to Improve Your Running:
Some of the things I had heard before – only use your running shoes for running, save stretching for after you work out (not before), etc – but there were some good new ones in there. Three that I’m going to try this week include:
1. Run Backwards (And Uphill) – This can helps save my knees, which have given me some troubles in the past.
2. “Floss” Your Feet – I’m going to give myself a foot massage each night by rolling a small ball underneath for 30 seconds – can help loosen the tissue on my feet.
3. Close Thumbs Over Fist – Apparently, running with your thumbs pointed up causes muscle fatigue. This doesn’t sound like too difficult a shift for me to make, but sometimes form and posture are the last things on my mind after a few miles in.