Paying the Piper
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Things have been going ok since school started. I've been managing to squeeze exercise in but it has definitely required creativity and organization.
Since we were not able to make the Y last night, I went outside for my running. During the summer, I ran solely on treadmills (with slight incline) or on the very flat measured indoor track at the Y. Last night I ventured out, my C25K app geared up and ready to go, and ran. Can I just say "ouch"! I'll be honest. I didn't get as long of a routine in, time wise. I fully expected it to be challenging. My neighborhood is very hilly and there are a couple of monster hills that almost defeated me, haha. I made myself go up these hills but was so winded afterwards that I had to cut my run intervals off a minute and half earlier than usual to walk. This happened only a couple of times. I know I burned cals (probably more so) and that the hills were good training, but I felt a bit disappointed that I didn't go as long as I "should". I know with repeat performance, I'll get better though.
What I didn't count on is what an impact uneven sidewalks would also have. I live in an older neighborhood near campus and the sidewalks are sometimes cracked or the pavement slants from one segment to another. My knees were very, very unhappy afterwards and I have to admit I was a little worried about them. I took a big dose of ibuprofen last night and I feel ok today so that's good. While out, I noticed a very nice looking shirtless male runner who was running on the street. It made me think of other times I've seen runners on the street and aware that perhaps there has been a reason for it and that people don't just like getting a grand feeling from running in the road, haha. The nice level pavement is much kinder on the body when running. I should probably do the same but I think I will feel awkwardly conspicuous. Regardless, if I expect to ever do any timed races again, I am going to have to commit to do more running on "real" road! You don't always know how hilly a course will be. I know for sure the 5K I plan on doing in December will have some small amount of hills, if it's held in the same place as last year.